Bitter Brew
by Aaron Glover

Jealousy hardens
soft hollow spaces
into coffee beans
smooth, small, brittle
carved to sharp shards
cracked to a thousand dark parts.
Drink me up, drink me in
like boiling water, burnt
into something new—
stronger, blacker, bitter.
I will linger longer
than you want.
Your lover tastes me
in the kisses of your mouth,
an acrid stain
none of us can escape.

Copyright 2023 by Red River Review. First Rights Reserved. All other rights revert to the authors.
No work may be reproduced or republished without the express written consent of the author.