Miraculous Clove

Miraculous Clove

The miraculous clove
is nature’s medicine
as any ancient
Arabian secret-keeper
worth his salt or wisdom
will proclaim
in willowy whisper.

From time immemorial–
before Hannibal ever
imagined exploration–
early Far-Eastern traders
raved of its
remarkable wonders,
a gift from your god
without measure–

a drop will do
to mellow a mercurial mood,
the ghost of the mind
like a footprint
after a Saharan sandstorm;

the well-steeped healer
in a tea cup,
its mysteries
curl as a caress around
bilious bowels
and restore relief;

bit of fragrant flower bud
robustly erases toothache,
the tiniest touch tenderly
dispelling elusive pain’s
grimace and grime,
for soothing effortless smile
and sensuously scented breath;

just a dab
swiftly eradicates
each earache
easing it immediately,
as soft seaweed
soothes a fatigued foot.

All and more awaits
you in this tiny treasure
of Zanzibar–
as exotic as its
motherland’s name,
as welcome as
a desert flower.


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