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To increase her appeal, Aphrodite ate beets.

I consider this as I rub the beets with oil


and wrap them in foil and slide them

into the oven to roast. They pulled out


of the garden soil so easily, round and red

and heavy with sugar. It’s not that I believe


the old stories, but I wonder if they perhaps

believe in me and guide my hands as I slice


the warm beets and drizzle dark coils

of thick balsamic vinegar. My hands


move with desire that is mine

and not mine. My lips turn increasingly


crimson, a crimson that cannot be washed away,

essence of the earth, extravagant with myth.







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