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Poem: Afternoon 

The first drink is always made with sparkling water from the refrigerator
chilled perfectly with an ice cube. I usually put it in a nice glass, too
make a ceremony out of pouring the whiskey and absinthe over the cube
hold it up to the light before taking the first delicate sip.

The second drink is usually made with tap water, the fancy glass
carefully angled so that it doesn’t crack against metal faucet
or break on one of the dirty dishes piled in the sink. The measurements for
alcohol
are much less precise—it’s more dependent on how much time I have left to
drink
before the kids come home from school or the husband comes home from work.


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