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I find myself envisioning the
faded evening where an old man,
who most likely
speaks no English, sticks his hand
into the mill
and shreds his fingertips, exposing pink
muscle and dripping crimson
onto the roasted husks of beans.
The other workers are too busy
to notice the slit in his skin,
and the temptation
of a few dollars
extra to feed his family
dinner that night
the tireless expectation
to continue crushing beans.
I sit in this chair and take a sip
of his black espresso,
noticing the unusually
salty taste of velvet in the cup,
and without hesitation
I take another sip of the espresso,
tasting strong earth
and accepting the excess flavor of salt.