Sweetness and Light
For Michael Ong
The distance between media love and the real
Article – the nestling we spend our lives
Searching for – can be measured:
It lies in the difference between the saccharine
One-dimensionality of canned chrysanthemum
Tea. That - and the taste of brewed petals.
Bitterness rounds out the palate, and lends
Relief to (and from) sweetness. It provides
A clarity about love’s contours.
By Dominic ChuaQLRS Vol. 2 No. 2 Jan 2003