Whether with American flavor or British flavour,
flavor creation is done by a flavorist,
scientific chemical palette creativity, sense of smell,
and sweet, sour, bitter, salty and umami –
pungency, oleogustus? – food smells unbounded; easily altered
changing its smell, keeping its taste similar;
unlike smelling upon inhalation, mouth flavor exhalation;
different depending on before or after one’s mouth;
color can affect expectations ( red increases sweetness).
A flavor lexicon – objective language for food.
The Passaic River is
on its journey to the sea by
in Paterson, New Jersey
that inspire poets,
lovers and photographers.
My screen shows
a couple on the bridge
we all pause
a moment –
I allow the water
to move them
ever so slightly,
then take the picture.
I like looking in windows when I walk
and seeing neighbors silent movie talk.
They argue, laugh, shower and watch TV.
Situation comedy or drama for free for me,
but always briefly. I don’t want to gawk.
We travel the banks of Antietam Creek
by car listening to horrific radio news,
not far from a day in 1862 –
the bloodiest in American military history – fallen
bodies, battles that end in a draw.
From our padded pews in the darkness,
incense of popcorn heavy in the air,
light flickers figures before us, not gods,
movie stars in this half-life heaven where
sins are forgiven and whispered prayers unanswered.