slowly peel the skin
with your teeth.
itís the subtle way of love
making thick out of thinness,
the slight flavouring on the tongue
the way it slides on the
soft round fruit. If correctly done
youíll never be hungry, but if a small
amount of work finds it wrong,
a bruise here, too tart or
sour inside, see within
the cover; immediately toss it.
thereís a whole lot more
left on the vine.
Timothy Gager is the author of eight books of poetry and fiction. He lives on www.timothygager.com.