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.






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