Peach Pit

This entry is part 17 of 34 in the series Small World


Dark & intricately coiled as the brain of a chihuahua, hard knuckle, by what mechanism does it come to inhabit such yielding sweetness & such a velvet skin? Like a rough manuscript that some editor turns into a book with gilt-edged pages, its labyrinth is threaded with a scarlet bookmark. And how is it a pit? If you split it, no tree will grow. If you plant it, the tree won’t grow true & only hornets will burrow into that feral yellow, each of their pits ending where the pit begins. Yet even an unblemished peach, placed alone on a table, betrays something of its hidden, still life.


Written in response to a challenge to use three words in a poem: chihuahua, mechanism and manuscript.

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    1. Thanks. I asked for three words the way most people would ask for three wishes, and that’s what the genie supplied. It’s DIY magic.


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