Love and Sushi

by "ADOnlinePromo" CC0
by “ADOnlinePromo” CC0

I once ate sushi
chewed slowly, growing accustomed to the taste
until without warning:
coughing, spitting up,
expelling it forcefully from my throat
before I’d even know
what was happening

Love is like this.
An involuntary reaction
like a gag reflex
suddenly the words are just spitting
out of your mouth,
your throat and tongue and teeth
knowing long before your brain does

The word love was never bandied about
never uttered never whispered
but let’s be honest, it was there
in the back of my throat, waiting
to be expelled
and you knew it,
so you expelled me first

Silent Sister


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