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Gherkin

The word sounds rough, and thick,
she summons it from the guts.
 
Beneath, Dutch origins: gurk
from Russian ogurets
or, she insists, the Polish ogórek.
 
There’s little Polish in my language.
She says schmuck (Yiddish prick)
may be from smok,
which is dragon in her tongue.
 
But yes – gherkin is hers,
she knows from the feel of it.
 
Salted, sharp, she laughs
as she slips it in my mouth.
 

Michael Loveday

in collection, He Said / She Said, July 2011, HappenStance Press