On Savoring-Poem

by Samuel De Lemos

When you read a poem
taste the words:
A poet spends time—searching
like a chef who goes around
a market feeling the ripe tomatoes,
smelling the fresh cilantro,
and poking
the Chilean fish,
he knows
that the right
combination of ingredients
will be magic,
mouth watering,
delicate.
Swirl the adjectives and lively verbs
around your tongue
the way you savor
California coast Pinot—
sometimes you can taste the oak,
hints of raspberry
and fine chocolate.
Poetic words
are not swallowed; but
savored,
making you come
back
for more.

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