By Lynne Sargent
the necessary elements:
reduced & synthesized
will give a woman
back her body,
bring it to class in the morning.
the herbs and spices:
the neighbors won’t disparage,
or call the landlord over
when the smell conjures
the old country
make it sweet for both of them,
write down the recipe.
the ground powders:
that will bring comfort to a soul
lacking, that fills acquired need with habit.
Give them a dust that will break
it, gentle as snow
place it on their tongue, watch it dissolve
Lynne Sargent is a writer, aerialist, and philosophy Ph.D student currently studying at the University of Waterloo. You can find her writings in venues such as Strange Horizons, Truancy, and Augur Magazine, among others. She was a 2018 Rhysling and 2018 Aurora Nominee for poetry. If you want to find out more you can check out a complete list of her works at scribbledshadows.wordpress.com or reach out to her on Twitter @SamLynneS.