i should have licked the venom (unfinished)

I should have licked the venom from the ink on the paper
and felt the spittle and the sweat in the words
tasted the acrid bitter grounds in the dark oil
breathed the fermented methane decay
you siphoned from the well,

I should have tasted the last fire from your tongue
heard the final hisses and caught the spray of spit;
even hatred is obliged these considerations,

but you raised a cheap Bic
and lit the pages with nitro
and stood back far away
as far from the blast as you could

c. 2001, 2008 Evan Gilling

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