by Sylvia Legris
Glacier maybe. Unholy.
Wormwood of Garden and Sea.
The muzzy gumline summons
gods of bad dreams. Earache-haze,
stormy stomach, mugworty sunrise.
Tonic the waters with febrifuge and
anthelmintic. Artemisia absinthium—
leechdom-ruse, gastric subterfuge.
Take with wine for the poison of ixia,
with honey for dullness of sight. A crush
of buckthorn and lolium, rose-wax and fig,
for jaundice and gas, dropsy, spleen. To slay
a slew of shrewmice, prophecy of sea dragon,
brew with passum and saltpetre, rosaceum.