THIS IS A POEM ABOUT SERRANO PEPPERS 6.27.17

6.27.17

i touched my face

after cutting serrano

peppers

.

they sear my face

phytotoxins–

.

pain so intense

i must contort my entire

body to mitigate it

.

sliver of light:

as long as my face burns

as long as the burn spreads

all my other pains erase

.

i have learned

the medicine for pain

is other pain,

that hurts must be transferred

from one point to another

constantly

so that no one part of you

suffers for long.


Written at 12:33 at night, in my office, in Agoura Hills CA, after watching a video of David Foster Wallace explain why the phrase “prior to” is puffed-up, unnecessary, and technically incorrect based on its Latin root. 

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