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Night Stanzas


by Arlene Ang


This orange on the counter
is ordinary navel. The rind holds its own

tiger scent, flirty camisole of oils.
The twin fruit swells like mainsail

in the wind, a gibbous eyelet
awaiting sight. Where the umbilical

stem broke, it's jagged,
unwaxed. I have to use my nails

to strip away the skin.
His lips wrap themselves deeply

around the pithy fruit.
Juice trickles. Down his chin.

Down my thighs. Every drop
glistens like his cufflink on the floor.



The prevailing sound is water. It peels
away my clothes. On the floor, her stockings sleep

together. I find her in the bath: a peach.
Slightly furred. Rotund. Moderately cheap.

Today, she says, she's reading Keats
and Keats became a fishing accident. She takes

a book from beneath the suds. Not bad,
she adds, for someone dead. I see a dab

of jelly on her lips. Like her hand, they're moist,
partly open and hungry. She omits

telling me the parts she liked best. I see a page
between her legs. The yellow tiles gape

rose tattoos. I pull it out --Ode on a Grecian Urn--
like a used condom. We watch the juices run.

©2006 by Arlene Ang


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Arlene Ang lives in a small town outside Venice, Italy. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in flashquake, Liminal Pleasures, Nthposition, Poetry Midwest, Tattoo Highway and Unpleasant Event Schedule. She is the author of The Desecration of Doves (iUniverse, 2005). Arlene's Web site.

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