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And at your banquet 
while they serve you 
you stay silent.

The flint glass cup 
shines in front of your plate 
blood-red for the sweet poison 
whose scent hypnotizes 
and you stare at 
the reflection of your face 
in this dark fluid mirror. 

Swallow this drink 
before it evaporates 
or spills on the towel 
spotting forever this linen 
like a never-forgotten blot 
from a recent ripped hymen 

Take this cup, man 
but strong and confident 
It is dark, deep 
but yet it's transparent 
if you look at it through the light 

What if it can kill? 
No ambrosia has its taste. 
To have it -- is to die happy,
to not  -- is to be dead alive.

Enjoy it and feel fine. 
It is your banquet 
and at your banquet 
you will always see yourself on my face 
for I will always be the sweetest wine. 

Copyright © Patricia Henriques

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