pay close attention
to words and expressions
like falling into poetry

visualise the lemon tree
in the kitchen, the mother
in law's tongue

it reached so high,
she took it outside

she brings splashes of
colour to the conversation
like rain smudging down
the window

catching strange light

she says, my skin
has gotten thinner
now I gotta be careful of bruises

the dehumidifier doesn't
get too hot

the air rises from the bottom
nothing burns

you can make dried peppers
kale chips and crispy onions

but what's the cost
and how much energy
does it take?

the conversation moves on
to succulents and tomatoes