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Poetry Friday: Left-Handed Sugar by Jane Hirshfield

April 20th, 2018 (06:00 am)
contemplative

Current Mood: contemplative
Current Song: Woodstock by Brooke Fraser

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

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Posted by: Kay McGriff (kaymcgriff)
Posted at: April 22nd, 2018 12:44 am (UTC)
hmmmm

This makes me wonder!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 22nd, 2018 09:08 pm (UTC)
Re: hmmmm

Always good to wonder and ponder.

Posted by: Mary Lee Hahn (Mary Lee Hahn)
Posted at: April 22nd, 2018 02:51 pm (UTC)

Made me look! (I just googled left-handed sugar). FASCINATING!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 22nd, 2018 09:06 pm (UTC)

Isn't it?

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