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Practice

by Adrian Lurssen


The latest thinking is
to break the pot
after each bowl of tea

scatter wet leaves beyond
the kitchen door

taste fragrance of no going back

*

As in Iron Goddess of Mercy

in this new scheme of things
trust the back of the mouth:

a tongue recalls what
the hands cannot

here begins ancient memory
of rock and soil

*

Expect loss from a broken leaf
milk and sugar for the faint of heart

water almost
incidental

*

Drink what’s provided
while you can

what the pot gives back
is fractured, tasting

only of its own first promise

 

Adrian Lurssen lives in Inverness, CA, with his wife and children. He is working on a novel set across Africa (he was born and raised in South Africa) and in the Bay Area (where he has lived since 1995). He holds an MFA in fiction from George Mason University.


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