Rinsing the grapefruit under cold water, I study
its ruddy complexion– its large pores, reeking
of bitterness as I run a thumbnail against its rind.
How it dimples when I set it on its equator
and slice it into two pink hemispheres
that weep openly.
Triangles within triangles unlock
in the knife’s quick turns– glistening
with a drizzle of honey– spoon ready.
I don’t believe in promises, but there you are.
M.J. Iuppa lives on a small farm near the shores of Lake Ontario. Her most recent chapbook is As the Crows Flies (Foothills Publishing, 2008) and second full length collection, Within Reach, (Cherry Grove Collections, 2010). She is Writer-in-Residence and Director of the Arts Minor Program at St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY.