Tonight, loneliness or winter
so perfect I cut open an orange
and read your old love letters
these words on my tongue
like salt, reshape flesh and bone
night-raids & picnic lunches
fingertips & lies as we set sail
for new worlds.
I peel this lucent hemisphere
of orange, watch stars
drop into the valley.
The leaves on the tallest palm
lift and shiver – like the summer dresses
in your closet, you’re opening, somewhere.
Graham Nunn is a poet, publisher, teacher who blogs at Another Lost Shark. He has published numerous collections of poetry and this poem ‘Orange’ is from ‘Ocean Hearted‘.
Thanks Graham 🙂
18 thoughts on “Citrus Fiesta (Graham Nunn)”
What a wonderful and sad poem Graham – the ending is perfect!
Love lost it seems… a sad tone which most of us can recall from our own ives.
Yes, I am sure most of us have experienced something similar slpmartin.
beautiful imagery, language and story-telling
it’s like the flash fiction equivalent in poetry Aletha 🙂
my inside eye wanders thru the poem, turning here, gliding there, by the end i feel entranced. the something that is evoked is much like the sweet taste and scent of an orange, but now the orange has these light delicate (as a summer dress) tendrils of meaning. the ending seems to breathe like wind on a sunny day. amazing and beautiful!
and what a great thing to have this tribute to citrus week, gabrielle!
I have to give you 5/5 for that splendiferous comment tipota 🙂 Here’s to citrus!
Ace – a great idea and a great piece from Graham
Thanks Ashley 🙂
Graham, you often put together phrases and images that make me alternate between sorrow and joy. Your opening stanza…..I just want to hold it to my chest forever. It is so beautiful. I don’t know how you do it but I’m glad you do. Thank you.
bitter sweet 🙂 thanks Selma
The emotive fragrance of citrus and the act of peeling an orange evokes a sad nostalgia beautifully captured in the images in this poem
Oh this is just beautiful. Sad and beautiful.
Agree Tracey (where’s your citrus stuff? hahaha no pressure 😉 )
Thank you all for your comments! I can’t thank Gabe enough for showcasing this poem and all of the other wonderful citrus infused works this week!
Thanks Graham 🙂 Such a talented bunch in our blogosphere I think – very enjoyable this week has been (and a diversion from the dull rainy days).