Advice for Persephone
Accept what is given:
hot chilies and rice on a steel plate in India
mizuna leaves, salsa, tomatillos in Santa Fe.
The locals will smile and nod
if you eat with your hands.
You will feel alien only at the airport
where they suspect skin like yours.
Even in Hades
savor the six red seeds.
Every place you eat becomes home.
*Originally published in Eclipse