Salted Dry Roasted Almonds

It took me several hours
to find the ribbon and bow
around the insult
you presented me
the moment I learned
to stand up for myself.

It is an odd phrase
I weaponized kindness
but my thank you
caught you
like a sucker punch
to the face.

Your startled silence
was not the worst thing
to ever happen to you,
but something
from your personal history
filled your mouth
with lemons.

I knew that screw-pucker
sensation from disarming
my own petty angers
and I prescribed salted
dry roasted almonds
to remedy the tartness
of your tongue.


copyright © 2019 Kenneth P. Gurney

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