Emerging Palate

At first the scent is strong and lingering.
The mouth salivates unwillingly, craving the moment when the two will become one.
An infant’s desire to rush the moment, not realizing…
Bitter and overpowering – scrunching up the face and swallowing fast.
A desire to get the moment over with quickly.
The taste rolls around, inescapable, no amount of water can wash it away.
Tears of unhappiness with this first taste.
Yet, reaching again – a repeat of the process with a Salt and Vinegar chip.

By Shari Marshall – 2017