YOU TELL ME by M.S. Rooney

sweetness is there in every drop down to the dregs
and there are as many ways to taste it
as there are wings of birds.

But what about
just a little something different
here or there or there?

Just a pinch
not a pound
of cayenne?

A sliver of sour apple,
a lick of bitter cocoa,
a bit of crusty sea salt,

a finger dipped
in hot and rich
umami coconut sauce?

O Sweetness, O Sweetness, let down your long hair!
What I will bring up that stair with me
I will ask only to share.



M.S. Rooney lives in Sonoma, California with her husband, poet Dan Noreen. Her work appears in journals and anthologies, including Bluestem, The Cortland Review, Earth’s Daughters, FutureCycle, Main Street Rag, and 3:AM Magazine.

“If I could be any sharp thing, I’d be a needle on a Bristlecone Pine.”

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