The Scoville Heat Index of You
by D’Arcy Fallon
(Wilbur Scoville developed a scale in 1912 to measure the heat in chilies.)
All I want is peppers. Poblanos that dial up
endorphins, serranos that scald the heart,
smoldering jalapenos to surf on, past
the breakwater of no return.
The heat is in the veins
and also in the seeds.
My tongue tingles.
The amazing D’Arcy Fallon is an award-winning journalist who has been a staff writer for such publications as the Long Beach Press-Telegram, the San Francisco Examiner, and the Colorado Springs Gazette. She is the author of a memoir, So Late, So Soon, about living in a religious commune in the early 70s. She teaches journalism and creative writing at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. She has a thing for garlic, border collies, and peonies. firstname.lastname@example.org.
(This poem appeared in Greenwoman Magazine issue #1 in June 2011.)
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