I explore them with my tongue,
easing them between my teeth
and into the roof of my mouth,
each one different. Some
are like honeycomb,
their crumbs coating enamel,
teasing fillings with a crunch.
Others, smooth as chocolate,
melt dark and warm
on taste buds. One surprises me
with acid lemon, bursting
zest and sunshine.
A poetic banquet, the words in my mouth
taste different every time.
Kim M. Russell, 2017
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Rommy asks if we can taste a three and what color is bird song? She says that, if we had ready answers for that, we may have synesthesia, a quirk in human neurology where a link occurs between the senses. When people with synesthesia experience something with one of their senses, they also have an additional sensory response, either in the same sense or a different one. Someone with synesthesia might see the number 7 as orange or experience the taste of lemons when they hear a musical note.
Rommy has asked us to compose a new poem based around our personal perceptions of joined sensory experiences. What does a sunrise taste like? Does the sound of crickets have a tactile feel? The choice of what senses and stimuli to link is entirely up to us.