Young Girl Eating  Physalis


Today her tomorrow is orange,
not ribbed segmental hours
and pips, but this amber shine
that doesn’t know its beauty,
a Cinderella shedding torn
petticoats to add its magic
to a scoop of pub ice cream.

Her finger and thumb twizzle its stem
as if this fruit could spin her choices:
Chinese lanterns, cape gooseberries,
golden strawberries, ground cherries.
Each name occupies a different taste.
She bites firmly, chews things over,
Breaks to her first orange smile.

Helen Kay

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