I Bit My Lip

I bit my lip
deliberately
wanting it to feel
the sting, the retort
not denying it
what my hands felt
as I gathered the
burning nettles
of my morning soup,

Alas, alas
those green devils
losing their bite
when meeting
the boiling water
denying others
the numbing feelings
thereof,

I considered then
a bit of salt
to rub into
the wound
thus making the recipe
complete…

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