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.
Use a gin your father would have hated
or locked away from you, in a drawer;
Pour three ounces into a
slender glass, chilled.
Find a tonic water you mistook for seltzer for a long,
& sink four of its bubbling ounces away.
Add ice — you should have,
at the start,
but fumble them in now.
Half the lime in your hand
& half it again:
Burst it with thumb and finger
& slip its rindy legs over the lip.
with time to spare —
It's just a shame
you made it so strong.