Hidden on kitchen table
behind a pillar of salt,
she, in buttoned up white
blouse with starched collar,

pepper remains aside,
spice too hot for tongues
lashed harshly by his words
bitten and chewed up.

Given a choice between
the two, perhaps salt,
though I am compelled
to forego both, unseasoned.

Image Credit:Lachlan

Julie A. Dickson is a poet and writer of YA fiction, based on personal experiences of bullying, mixed with fantasy and magic. Her poetry appears in over 50 journals, including Misfit, Sledgehammer, Open Door, etc. She is a push cart nominee, past poetry board member, advocate for captive elephants and companion of two rescued feral cats. Writers write.