Sunday, 19 August 2012

Cocoa by Rowena Knight

We’d agreed the shallow sweetness
of milk chocolate didn’t satisfy, that we needed
a bitter flavour barely tempered by sugar,
a chocolate that bit back.

Tonight you release the yellow moons of potatoes
from their skins. I listen to the shiver of lentils
sieved through fingers. Cool as beads.

I weigh flour, measure sugar.
Without thinking I touch a cocoa-powdered finger
to my skin. Later you will lick clean
the bowl of my neck,
and I will bite back, learn your flavour.
It will not be akin to milk or sugar.


  1. Does Rowena have a website? I want to read more!

  2. Rowena doesn't have a site, but you can read more of her work here: