WANTING AS REFLECTIVE FRUIT
Stunned and squatting on the black marble counter. An overweight orange gauged
conquerable. A simple shred, skin dismissed from a wealth of citrus. Squishy halves assemblies
of spokes to be divvied.
Called him coxswain of the Floridian crop. Called him conjecturer of inhabit, a tease and strip-
search. Wrist rustled. Tendered carpels of tangerines, juices undisturbed, but could not
shake the dismal prospect of peeling.
You took the paring knife, a bargaining chip, hacked off my top and botton straight through
the pith. Rind flaked after fingers began tearing; hunger worked you over so you worked me
over. I wanted to be rolled in the sugar of candid conversation.
Candied to the point of being slang, slung. With its lush trash ripe for fencing in, peel stretched
over teeth. Fed the husk, a corkscrewed torso, to the compost pile. Waited, hustled some shrivel.
STEPHEN DANOS earned an MFA in Creative Writing – Poetry from Columbia College Chicago. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Forklift Ohio, Court Green, lo-ball magazine, Bateau, and elsewhere. If you want to learn more about him, he maintains a Tumblr at http://drolldrumroll.tumblr.com.