Even the Sotol Believes

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Even the Sotol Believes

If we must discuss logographic systems, let us begin with fish.
And how might one mistake an entrance for a perch?

A movable rod for a desert spoon?

Today’s lesson excludes a poorly rendered door.

Hinges are merely mechanical joints, the origin of which means to hang. Concentrate there.

D is the tenth most frequently used letter in English.

Depicted on rock wall paintings, the sotol has provided food, sandals,

blankets, ropes, tools and spirits for millennia.
Slow cook the roots for three nights, crush, then ferment for seventy-two hours in

champagne yeast. Distill, then age in French oak.

We shall neither open nor close, nor mention those things that do.

Like bivalves. Bottles. Eyes. Shops. Caskets. Books. Mouths. Circuits.
Its flower stalk rises up to fifteen feet. Its leaves are long, thin and barbed.

Surrounded by orange ochre flames and black smoke, the sotol spirit appears.

Dalet will not enter our vocabulary today.

 

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Originally published in Otoliths 41 (October 2013), and posted here in October 2015.

14 thoughts on “Even the Sotol Believes

  1. What a strange, playful poem … I get the sense of having missed half the lecture due to daydreaming! Especially appealing is the list of things you aren’t going to mention. Have seen (admired) the sotol spirit … have not imbibed sotol spirits (none yet offered).

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  2. Intricate use of language that’s taking me longer than I care to disclose to fully comprehend. Thank you for the addition of Mexican flowering plants and Semitic abjads to my google search history.

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