there’s nothing i like as much
as garlanding roast peppers
with virgin olive oil.
then i sing happily, i talk to the oil, to the fruits of the earth.
I love roast peppers
―not too roasted, that ruins them―
but with the inside easy to get at
when you lift off the burnt skin.
I spread them on the plate in an exciting sequence
and garland them with oil and a pinch of salt
and i dunk lots of bread,
as the poor people do,
in the oil mixed with salt and flavored by the roast peppers.
then i pick up a bit of pepper
and a bit of bread between my thumb
and my index finger, i raise them avidly,
I stare at them in the air.
sometimes i reach a point of ecstasy, of orgasm.
I close my eyes and gulp down the motherfucker.