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The Poetry of Salt
I don’t really consider myself a ‘poetry person’—although I’m not quite sure what I think a poetry person is, so what do I know? From time to time, a poem kind of smacks me in the face and grabs me by the feels. This is one of those poems.
Love Like Salt by Lisel Mueller
It lies in our hands in crystals
too intricate to decipher
It goes into the skillet
without being given a second thought
It spills on the floor so fine
we step all over it
We carry a pinch behind each eyeball
It breaks out on our foreheads
We store it inside our bodies
in secret wineskins
At supper, we pass it around the table
talking of holidays by the sea.