Sunday, December 26, 2010

a finger's tale

a finger's tale

only in Dutch popular wisdom
can one hear it asserted
that tastiness does not extend
beyond a finger's length
an assertion whose empirical basis
is most likely found in insertion
Dutch folklore reserves a distinctive role
for the act of insertion
culminating in the nation's rescue
from catastrophic inundation
by a young boy's finger inserted
into a dyke showing a puncture
subsequent experimentation
with the insertion of fingers into
various openings and orifices
(and lastly into the mouth of the experimenter)
would have inevitably led
to an association between
insertion and the resulting
flavouring of fingers

--Levi Wagenmaker (1944 - ) is a retired journalist, living in the Netherlands for most of the year, and in France for some of it (in spring and autumn), with three bitches, two of whom are dogs

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