A failure of conversation
Editor's Note: The deliciously alliterative passage "Searing, seething / Never ceasing" gives me goosebumps--it sizzles like the fire in the lovers' loins. I also enjoyed Mr. Rowe's pun on "hermetic" which refers to Hermes, the Greek name for Mercury. The breakdown in verbal communication that leads to the physical communication of the communicable disease also cleverly evokes Mercury--the messenger of the gods. "Mercury Rx" first appeared in Songs of Eretz Poetry E-zine Volume 1, Issue 7 (July 2014).