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ABRUPT





Opal Palmer Adisa




 

 

ABRUPT

 

 

at the          island in the     intersection

during a pause     in    the rain

 

he came at         her

wearing      white  

 

she had not        wanted

his lips               last night

 

but at the party         the moon

crawled up her     arms              

 

the bus       stopped 

to her right       a truck to the left

 

she don't          want to      know   him

out       in the    light of day

 

she       paused             long enough   

then     turned              away

 
 
 
 

 

POMMELO

 

the moon might be

unreachable

 

but laughter loitered

on every face

 

if there was no flour

she would use dirt

 

there would be bread

she didn't have to know

 

others did and knowing

was collective

 

generosity was being

a glowing planet daily

 

 

 

SONCOYA (annona)

 

something about

being on her knees

 

the impossible possibility

of all that it means

 

turning over dirt

pulling weeds

 

pruning trees

planting seeds

 

the sedimentary familiar feel

of the  compliant soil

 

on her fingers

the brown wet aroma

 

tomatoes will sprout

stretching sweetly crimson

 

as will eggplants

short but shinny mauve

 

elegant sun-flowers

and robust zinnias

 

the earth unyielding 

generosity