Bruce W. Niedt
Date of Birth: 4/27/51
Location: Cherry Hill, NJ
HOW TO PEEL AN ORANGE
Hold it loosely, like a yellow baseball.
Rub the leathery hide.
Punch a fingernail through the nippled top.
Push through to the hollow below.
Rip, pull out and down gently.
Watch the spray of oil in the air.
Inhale the pungent citrus.
Disregard the orange-white meat beneath your nails.
Disrobe this fruit completely.
Pick off the gangly strings of useless pulp.
Regard the naked segments, and with both thumbs,
separate the hemispheres.
Tear through the meridian.
See the droplets weep through the membranes.
Strip the translucent skin.
Reveal the clustered buds of juice like teardrops.
Peel off one tender crescent.
Bring it to your lover's lips,
so to suck it, or bite it
bursting the tiny juice pockets,
licking your fingertips.