EATING HIS WORDS
Chelle Miko

I can’t name the shoots and blooms he snaps
and chews, green leaves from this, yellow
flowers from that. Fluent in the lingo
of flora, he lifts their names to his mouth,
then swallows them. I try to catch the easy ones,
syllables that tumble from his throat like petals
from a stem. I want to fill a vase
with his voice, with lyrics like calendula
and arugula. Instead, I startle his mouth
between nibbles and idioms
with the slow measure of a question. Pressed like this,
his words are almost brimming my lips.

 

Chelle Miko resides in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Miko’s poetry has appeared in The North American Review, Poet Lore, Anon, Caveat Lector, Eclectica, Nimrod, 32 Poems Magazine, Snow Monkey, North Dakota Quarterly, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Rhino, The Comstock Review, The Mid-America Poetry Review, Red, White, and Blues: Poets’ Vistas on the Promise of America, The Alsop Review Press’s Anthology One, and other publications. Read more of Miko’s poems here and here.

 

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