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Love or Indigestion


The ancient Chinese
believed the stomach was the seat of intelligence-
it made the most noise.

Lying dumbly pressed against each other,
our bellies are in love.
Late-night pizza has made them restless.

Mine gurgles a shy margherita hello.
Yours chuckles a coy vegetarian reply.

Moist round fluid devotions
pass between gastric walls.

Navels kiss.

As they bubble their mutual affection,
we sleep on.


Adam Ford
Copyright 1998


Excerpted by permission from:
Not quite the man for the job
Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd
9 Atchison Street
St Leondards NSW 2065


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