Raw Garlic

Why is it

That I can stomach

Shoving crushed cloves of

Raw garlic

Down my throat

With my thumb

Suckling on some

Ginger honey tea

With a fever and a

Rougher rattle than I’ve ever

Felt shake me

But I can’t

For a second

Stomach the thought of

Speaking to you

No matter what

The deep rattle

Tells me to

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