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          Tomato Soup for One
          By James R. Whitley

          The terrible pool
          in the bottom of
          the pot cools, thickens,
          stares back at you like
          a big bloodshot eye,
          accusatory.

          Suddenly,
          it’s an unpalatable scum--
          gore, gruel, cruor.

          Every night:
          a restive surfeit in the kitchen,
          an imbalance,
          as if to compensate
          for a deficiency elsewhere.

          Suddenly, you realize
          your senses will be challenged like this
          repeatedly.

          And the old steps
          will likely be missteps.

          And the new paths
          will likely be cold.






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