Amuse Bouche – by Finola Scott


I watch your soft mouth
swallow oysters from
misshapen shells.

I hear the suck
of tide, a wet smack.
Your plump lips shut firm
on the still living snack. You
gulp  slurp  brine. I hear
bladder-wrack slap.

In my mind an airlock slams,
heavy, final. Separate I watch
you suck   open     gulp
shut    lick    swallow  smile

Behind my sharpened teeth
stingrays dance fandangos.
My tongue quivers eager. Tonight
perhaps I will kiss you
long and deep.




Finola Scott’s poems and short stories are widely published in anthologies and magazines including The Ofi Press, Raum, Dactyl, The Lake, Poets’ Republic, Fat Damsel, and Snares Nest. She is pleased to be mentored this year on the Clydebuilt Scheme by Liz Lochhead. A performance poet, she is proud to be a slam-winning granny.

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