Daily Archives: April 5, 2019

The Landscape of the Tongue

The landscape of the tongue draws its own maps
with red lines thin and thick, islands of pain,
pebbled archipelagos of pleasure.
Tongues know what they like: the laps, the collapse;
cups of tea, shape of spoons, texture of grain.
Roll an ache around in your mouth, measure
its size, sketch the boundaries of burning.
Trace how these change with swelling, thick to thin
and back again. Lift, curl, flatten, narrow …
on this map, distance shifts as if kerning
is set to flux in a delirium,
leading lines and words in track and furrow.
The fissures hiss with heat and sweet, relent
in the outlined stream of fluid consent.