We hadn’t seen him for weeks.

I’d just sprinkled incense
into the hot pool,

was lying there in starlight
sipping iced nectar
listening to the nightingales.

He appeared out of nowhere
in complete meltdown
bellowing my name.

I stood my ground
without a towel,

“It was only an apple for god’s sake.
And I only took one bite.
Get over it.”

He crept away and I
stepped back into the pool.

It was a fundamental moment.

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