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Chocolate Is The Enemy

by Chris Sorrenti

Chocolate is the enemy
you've suspected it for years
but could never find a lawyer
sweet enough to bring litigation

sticky kisses covering your face
with skin tight volcanoes
once exploded
leaving craters that envy the moon

Clearasil consultation
a total waste of time
time to break out the Tetracycline
only days later
to hide the evidence
while migraine headaches
foil wrapped at the plant
bouncing you off walls
early to bed
too early to rise
with cocoa hangover

its dark fun brings on
a bittersweet indigestion
and though inhaling
the nearest Hershey’s factory
if you could
within hours you'll be hanging
from every mirror in the house
those empty carbohydrates
having melted you in their mouth
once again

© 1991
Revised © 2016

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Author's Note: Rosacea (adult acne) is actually the enemy. However, in my case, too much chocolate sets it off, so a good thing in keeping me from eating too much. For more information: http://www.dermatology.ca/skin-hair-nails/skin/rosacea/ An earlier incarnation published in the chapbook, Executive Sweet, A Collection of Poetry by TOPS (The Ontario Poetry Society) Executives, May 2007, Toronto, ON. ISBN 978-0-9783371-2-4.

Posted on 10/08/2016
Copyright © 2020 Chris Sorrenti

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 10/12/16 at 07:20 PM

Well, this is the saddest thing I've read in ages ;)! Being allergic to chocolate or having this particular reaction would be a horror!! a nightmare! You've shared some fine imagery here, especially S2. Now I have to know if the darker the chocolate has any worse affects or less?

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