|Water Lilies by Claude Monet|
in lieu of a poem, i’d like to say
apricots & brown teeth in browner mouths nashing dates & a clementine’s underflesh under yellow nail & dates like auntie heads & the first time someone dried mango there was god & grandma’s Sunday only song & how the plums are better as plums dammit & i was wrong & a June’s worth of moons & the kiss stain of the berries & lord the prunes & the miracle of other people’s lives & none of my business & our hands sticky and a good empty & please please pass the bowl around again & the question of dried or ripe & the sex of grapes & too many dates & us us us us & varied are the feast but so same the sound of love gorged & the women in the Y hijab a lily in the water & all of us who come from people who signed with x’s & yesterday made delicacy in the wrinkle of the fruit & at the end of my name begins the lot of us
Copyright © 2019 Danez Smith. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on April 29, 2019, by the Academy of American Poets.
Good day, poets! I hope you all are doing amazingly well. It's May and I can not believe that we are almost halfway through 2019 already. After the grueling Poetry Month, I took a bit of a break from blogging and reading. Also, certain other aspects of life in terms of "future planning" took precedence and would continue to be the center of my attention for a couple of months. It's so good to have a break from all of that and to be hosting over here at With Real Toads.
This is Anmol (alias HA) and I welcome you all to The Tuesday Platform. This is an open link avenue for you to share a link to any poem, old or new, in the widget down below. Once you have done so, do not forget to visit others' links too and share your words/comments with them. I look forward to reading you all and I wish you a wonderfully poetic week ahead.
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