how to eat an orange
Dig your fingers into the bright coat, let the sweet guts bathe your fingertips.
This is living.
Drive your nails into the supple sunskin and tear the spherical layer away;
feel the way it gives itself to you, the way it offers itself to your thirsty hands.
This is breathing.
And plunder! Let the viscous juices pour down your wrists;
toss the stringy veins to the sides.
Slice, rip, finger away the nearly identical pieces of tender fruitflesh.
This, this is loving.
As published in the Lion’s Eye literary magazine (Fall 2011)