sweet wine

i would drink
offered from your palm
water would be sweeter
water would turn to wine
wine from your palm
your palm wine
your sweet milky wine
would be mine
i would drink
that flowed from your palm

michele voltaire marcelin

*According to African folk tales, palm wine carried power to the first person to touch and drink it. Supposedly, women would evaporate into thin air because they weren’t capable of withstanding such power. So, for a long time, women were forbidden to drink the wine.

Photograph by D. Perry

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