To the neophyte it can be a daunting challenge
to unlock the enigma of the oyster
and taste the secret within.
Once the knack is learned, eating the Oyster
will become the sublime pleasure.
First apply light pressure at the point
Where two halves join. See beads of
Released moisture anoint the bearded lips.
Now the shell may be opened.
Prise the halves apart with deft touch
and bow your head to sip liquor
smooth as nacre and tasting
of mermaids' kisses. Next seperate
the flesh and reach with seeking tongue,
probe slowly as if looking for a pearl.
Savour with pleasure silken texture,
Enjoy the salt - smacked taste without haste.
Allow the tongue to linger and explore
the interior of the shell until with a shudder
of satisfaction the act concludes.
The Oyster is eaten.