Jalapeño Peppered

Burnt my eye with pepper oil
Cried a tear or two
Laughed at my stupidity
Then cooled my love for you

Thought about it just this once
Concluded for today
Pepper oil in the eye
Is burning gone astray

Hot with chemical fire
My soul rejoices new
Washed with soap and water
The spirit warms me through

If Jalapeños make me tear
And love hurts all the more
Then take me to the border

Of Canada, near Elroy Berdahl’s shore.

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