Perhaps it’s because it comes from Nature – the sea
that some patients with high blood pressure believe
it won’t make their own inner sea swell.
Perhaps it’s the small but steady pull of wishful thinking
like the Moon’s gravitational field
that’s to blame.
Or maybe it’s just clever advertising.
Whatever the reason, each week I have the inglorious task
of informing at least one patient
Sea salt still has sodium.
Seven syllables, like the seven seas, forming a wave
of surprise on my patient’s face, then – crash
So sinks the option of sea salt
food for the fishes and nonhypertensives only
company to table salt, soy sauce, and canned soup.
Alas, there’s always Mrs. Dash.