Terry Godbey

Blood Oranges

How much a day in February weighs.
We pick blood oranges from our spindly tree,
fill the bath and scrub the dirt away.

The wet fruit, pale now, spin as if to play.
Tart perfume pricks our noses. Now we see
how much a day in February weighs.

We make our tiny dime-store juicer sway
as twigs fall from our hair--insects, debris.
Fill the bath and scrub the dirt away.

The pulpy halves outlined in deep rosé
release a tonic to ease winter's ennui.
How much a day in February weighs.

Three pitchers glow with coral--our café
is open and we're sticky but it's free.
We'll fill the bath and scrub the dirt away.

An outdoor chore has turned into soirée.
And what comes next? Fallen leaves' debauchery.
How much a day in February weighs!
Fill the bath and scrub the dirt away.


for Gary Rigdon, screenwriter, 1955-1988

The parade of actors bearing gifts of wine,
sushi and tulips wanes on your last night.
Just us again. You tell about the time
you fetched the paper moments before daylight
and found a doe devouring your roses.
In Hollywood! So near you heard her breathe.
She bowed her tapered neck and so you chose
the same pose, deferential and discreet.
I see her cornered in your eyes until
you hand me scripts--your movie has just wrapped--
and send me to my hotel down the hill.
You cannot write your way out now--you're trapped.
At dawn word comes. I stand outside the gate
and pick for you the last white bud--too late.


Terry Godbey's chapbook Flame was published in 2012, and her previous poetry collections are Beauty Lessons and Behind Every Door. Her poems have appeared in Rattle, Poet Lore, Harpur Palate, Pearl, Slipstream and The Café Review. She lives in Orlando, Florida, with her son and works as a freelance writer and editor. Her website is terrygodbey.com.


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