El Pilón

by Li Yun Alvarado

Two-toned wooden goblet
perched atop the stove.

Search for its beginnings
and endings. Peek inside.

See its third color: beige,
speckled across brown-cherry.

Reach in. Run fingers
from rough to smooth.

Hint of ajo y aceite de oliva
lingers on fingertips.

Smell it—
the first cloud over a sizzling pan.

Hear it—
the pounding lovemaking.

Taste it—

©Li Yun Alvarado

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