Cherries

Cherries

How easy it’s been

to fall in love

with words

 

or maybe just the way

they’ve floated between us

on the silent page,

or across the empty picnic table

that innocent afternoon.

 

What we wanted was to get it right:

the color red,

the correct and brightest

word for it:

 

Blood

Crimson

Scarlet

Ruby

 

and finally,

ironically,

 

with so many ways to say good-bye,

the delicious word

rises in your palm

and into mine

you place a bag of sweet

red cherries.

 

 

DeMaris Gaunt

7-26-11

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