“This Spanish wine
has all the dryness
of rattlesnake skin
abandoned between the forked thoughts
of an Arizona moon.

tinged with bruises
on one side.

If this wine
truly is a snake
then it has silk scales
and the warmth 
of a deep kiss
pressed by a complete stranger
against the lips of last night's dream.

This wine wears a loose fitting robe
while she writes
of loneliness
on pages made from parchment
and pearls
in her adolescent diary. ”
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