Raw Lemons

By | 1 June 2022

my adoptive father ate lemons raw, skin and all
he was the only person i ever met to do this
he had no argument with bitter, sugarless fruit
and the bitter lemon had no argument with him
i never saw him eat any other fruit but the lemon
he sucked and scrunched at the lemon like a deflating ball
with a mouth of toothless gums, top and bottom
watching this exquisite act made me squirm
and my own mouth filled with sour reaction
i heard the sour fruit complain like a small wild bird
juice dripping from his toothless mouth as if it had no end

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