Citrus Fiesta (Graham Nunn)

Citrus Fiesta (Graham Nunn)


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)

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

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