Little Willow (slayground) wrote,
Little Willow

  • Mood:
  • Music:

Poetry Friday: Left-Handed Sugar by Jane Hirshfield

In nature, molecules are chiral - they turn in one direction
or the other. Naturally then, someone wondered: might sugar, built to
mirror itself, be sweet, but pass through the body unnoticed? A
dieters’ gold mine. I don’t know why the experiment failed, or
how. I think of the loneliness of that man-made substance, like a
ghost in a ‘50s movie you could pass your hand through, or some
suitor always rejected despite the sparkle of his cubic zirconia
ring. Yet this sugar is real, and somewhere exists. It looks
for a left-handed tongue.

- Left-Handed Sugar by Jane Hirshfield

View all posts tagged as Poetry Friday at Bildungsroman.

View the roundup schedule at A Year of Reading.

Learn more about Poetry Friday.

Tags: poetry friday
  • Post a new comment


    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded