Peach Pit

The sweet juice dribbled
down his chin
and his soft blue eyes blazed
with a new flavor.

I took bites around the center,
the velvety skin tickled my tongue
and the soft flesh melted
between my teeth.

He ate the bottom and top edges,
where I’d already removed the skin–
what if he choked?
Making “Mm”ing sounds
and clapping his hands together,
he begged for more and more,
each time biting off a larger chunk,
the gold juice squirted
out of his pleased lips.

Sitting on the front steps of our little home,
under the warmth of the sun,
eating the sugary fruit,
the gold pit with dark pink veins
arrived all too soon.

I will buy more tomorrow.


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