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Heart of Darkness

Chocolate Reveries

Chocolate Reveries

We love Bill Keener’s poetry … and he really knows his chocolate. He has a new book out: Gold Leaf on Granite. Sample his work with this:

Taste the Heart of Darkness

In the hall of the mountain chocolatiers,
I saw their creamy magic, stared down at
giant shining paddles dipping in tandem,
churning great vats into a molten brown

river flowing beneath me. Smooth, raw
liquid chocolate was pouring into itself,
forever folding, beating the hot reek of
roasted cocoa and sugar into fragrant air.

This extravagant supply, the long-sought
source of all that was good and warm and
sweet and heavy in my 12-year-old world,
stirred endlessly, hypnotically as I leaped

the railing, cast myself on the viscous rush
to float in ecstasy so thick my milk-skinned
body was a boat sucked up the dark river
back to its beginnings. Up the deep

luscious current of chocolatey mud through
a ferment of tropical aromas to forests of
cacao flowering in dense steamy ranks,
a rain-dripping Eden of rich ripening beans.

Now I stand in line to buy an ebony bar,
tear the paper, tear the foil, hold the treasure
on my tongue, until the river flows and
I swallow darkness slowly once again.

[first published in Switched-On Gutenberg, – copyright William Keener]