salt of the earth — an original poem

we’re
the salt of the earth
or whatever

at least

that’s what God says

salt from dust
dust from ashes
ashes from nothing
nothing from Him

i wonder
sitting in sand
with sea in my mouth

if i am salt

if i am savory enough

salt of the earth
to dust you will return
but not before
you stamp the ashes of your sin

i feel sick

if i am salt
then how do i
exist

without water
there is just
death

salt sucks life
but
then
worming between my toes
is the very marriage
of the two

oh
sweet contradiction
bitter is your truth
sour your tongue
but just salt in the end

we’re
the salt of the earth
or whatever

at least

that’s what God says

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