(Who asked: “What does the beating of the heart and the taste of salt have in common?”)
you feel both in the tremble beside the trachea,
where the carotid and the swallow-muscles clutch.
Blood, they have blood in common,
the taste of tarnished copper in the mouth.
They have grief in common, the skin of the world's drum:
I wonder you would be asking this late in the day.