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The Only Thing
It's with those first few steps in the bakery
that you feel the chalky dust settle in your hair,
your arms, eyelashes

that you smell the rising hope of bread

that you hear each hollow echo and notice
the air inside of everything

that you see
there in the center, next to the cash register

the last blood orange tart

gleaming with eggwash and sugar
dense with yolk and milk and citrus
echoing nothing but its own orangeness.

non-negotiable.
you leave your cash on the counter
and walk out
already two bites in

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Grape: Chenin Blanc, regional varietals (blend)
Country: France
Region: Loire
Appelation: Anjou- Mousseux
Producer: Julien Altaber
Vintage: 2017
Importer: Percy Selections