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Holly Thompson-IV

Mid-Afternoon Tea   


after the pound cake

with strawberries

mikan oranges

and caramel Fauchon tea

she shows us the centipede

air-lifted from the floor

with a pair of chopsticks

and placed in a jam jar

of shochu where it floats—

sea serpent in spirits

now soaked with poison


so that when

a live centipede

S-tracks across

her leg or wrist or neck

when she is sleeping

as it will

one night

in a house like this

in the country

and bites


she is ready

with the antidote