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The Thrill of Chilies

This question she did ask,
That took me to task,
Why my thrill for chili,
Which I thought quite silly,
Until I accepted,
My answer was unsuspected,
I wasn’t sure why.

It’s mostly the heat,
That I find a treat,
And that silent buzz,
I feel that it does,
But that sting in the eye,
From that accidental apply,
I wasn’t sure why.

That choking explode,
When to too quick it flowed,
Down the throat,
As the mouth is coat,
With capsaicin venom,
It all feels numb,
I wasn’t sure why.

This wonder fruit,
A nightshade recruit,
When making food loves,
Without wearing gloves,
Can blister the grip,
With more than a drip,
I wasn’t sure why.

When all’s said and done,
Why did I succumb,
It causes more grief,
Than a secretive thief,
The heat sensed on the tongue,
It’s like I’ve been stung,
I DO know why, it keeps me craving more.

About this poem

Explanation: The body defends itself against the pain sensation of capsaicin by secreting endorphins, a natural painkiller that cause a physical "rush" - a high that keeps us craving for more.

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Written on July 01, 2021

Submitted by kiwiDave on July 27, 2021

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Dave Johnstone

I am a semi-retired software developer and web-site designer, my verse compositions have been an enjoyable change of pace (no deadlines to face). My poetry verses are my poetic expressions of my observations of nature , and their poetic content convey my humour and empathy with my surroundings, from the sea, to the earth, to the cosmos, and all life-forms therein (including those in other worlds). I actually believe that writing a software program and writing a poem take on the same mental structure, I use the same methodology for each. Get an idea or be provided a specification, plan out the task, write the task, test (rewrite) the task until satisfied with the end result. more…

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