Lotus Eaters

      by Michael McClintock and Michael Dylan Welch

 

First published in Frogpond 25:2, Summer 2002, page 41. Written 13–24 October 2001 by email.

 

 

hefting a plum—

I know by heart

my father’s orchard                                                        McClintock

 

        downtown library—

        I dare to eat a peach                                               Welch

 

she takes the apple

from my palm . . .

and it’s understood                                                        McClintock

 

blackberry stains

in the wooden basket—

knowing she’s late                                                          Welch

 

        leading down the lane

        crumbs of lemon cake                                           McClintock

 

languid afternoon—

I swallow the lotus fruit

placed upon my tongue                                                Welch