soul food. {reverb10 – day 26}


Soul food. What did you eat this year that you will never forget?
What went into your mouth & touched your soul?


First and foremost, I ate words. I ate them for breakfast, lunch and dinner, I sampled them in my dreams, I devoured them on Sundays when I had nothing else to do.

I’ve never touched the tip of my tongue to a word I did not like. Never found the cauliflower of words. Never tried to hide one in my mashed potatoes so my mother would think that I had eaten it.

I have spit a lot of words out, at the wrong times, in the wrong places, aimed in the wrong direction.

Those are the words that were the hardest to eat, the ones I found it almost impossible, later, to digest.

The ones that come back to haunt, or at the very least, to taunt.

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.


But I have also munched on words of joy and crunched down hard on moments of insight and once or twice broken a tooth on a revelation.

Those are the words that made me cry, their taste so potent, so all-encompassing that they brought me to my knees.

Those are the words I hunted for, over and over again, digging down deep through layers of dirt and a lifetime of detritus, scooping up tiny pieces of my soul on a spoon and holding them up to the light.

Those are the words I swallowed whole.

Nothing has ever touched my soul more than words.

But despite having said all that, don’t even think

about touching my chocolate.

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