WATCHNG A SYNESTHETE IRL | Jennifer Wolkin

 

I watch you swallow

a piece

of rhubarb & report

it tastes

pinkish-red

& sounds like

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons-

each bite an orchestration

in your mouth

first string assembles

on your tongue

Spring fills your throat

major chords rise

like crescendos

of heard-flavor

you start humming

in perfect pitch-

rhubarb

is A-major

bursting

pinkish-red

inside

my viscera

like seasonal

vibrato

I live to taste.

 

Jennifer Wolkin is a health and neuro-psychologist, speaker, mental health advocate and mindfulness-meditation practitioner. She is currently pursuing an MFA in creative writing and literary translation at Queens College. Her poetry has been published/forthcoming in a number of literature journals. Her non-fiction work, translating and sharing the science of brain research and mindfulness, has been published in Thrive Global, The Huffington Post, Mindful.org, and PsychCentral among others; a compilation can be found on her blog BrainCurves.com. Wolkin is most passionate about writing at the intersection where the mind, body, brain and spirit meet, giving voice to those who have sometimes literally lost theirs by bearing witness to their pain (and resilience) through her writing.

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