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14th Anniversary Edition, Live Encounters Poetry & Writing Volume Three Nov-Dec 2023.
A Fruit, a Flower, poems by Kit Willett.
A Fruit, a Flower
She is a fruit: a peach, a plum. I press my thumbs
slowly into the fold and suck the juices. So, I plant
her seed in the soil and weep on it until it sprouts.
She is the soft-curved flesh, cupped-
in-my-hand sweetness. She is a memory
of those summer picnics.
He is a flower: poppy, rose. I tear him apart,
petal by petal. I dip my head low to breathe
in his scent. Still, he is the delicate dance
of growing, turning-towards-the-moonlight,
or the-wind-in-the-trees, and there is something
elegant about his stem.
She is the most perfect sunset: relief
of another day having passed, embrace
in the nighttime, comfort of familiar sights.
He is a body in motion: the trail of fabric,
the cello’s song, a twisting, a turning,
a leap across a lime-lit stage.
She is a new candle: all illumination
and beeswax scent;
he is the ocean shore: crashing
into me and then returning.
On Hold with the Bank
© Kit Willett
Kit Willett is an Auckland-based English teacher, poet, and executive editor of the Aotearoa poetry journal Tarot. His debut poetry collection, Dying of the Light, was published by Wipf and Stock imprint Resource Publications.