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On the Menu: Gin & Tonic


by Steven Pirani


1.

First, hold a lime in your hand;

wrap your fingers around it and pretend

it's something else — you should be nervous.

If you're not nervous then

you're doing it wrong.


2.

Use a gin your father would have hated

or locked away from you, in a drawer;

Pour three ounces into a

tall

narrow

slender glass, chilled.


3.

Find a tonic water you mistook for seltzer for a long,

long time,

& sink four of its bubbling ounces away.


4.

Add ice — you should have,

at the start,

but fumble them in now. 


5.

Half the lime in your hand

& half it again:

Burst it with thumb and finger

& slip its rindy legs over the lip.


You've finished

with time to spare —

It's just a shame

you made it so strong.

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