The experts say this stage
of believing
is the most dubious; a pox
with voodoo sensibilities
of curing:

a mouse sunk into the bottom
of a milk glass for gasping
away asthma,

herbs mixed into an acid
and applied around the lips
to smooth away scars.

A Haitian doctor I know
prescribes such remedies;
he swears by his religion
that fear is a form,
solution is a content,

and the mouth is an emergency.

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