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A poem from the poet laureate: “Commentary on Orange”

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You wrote a poem where you compared separation
to cleaving an orange with a knife. Sometimes
life does not fit into a poetic metaphor. Because
the knife is really just a knife, there were no oranges
around when you parted except that you lived in California
and there must have been oranges growing close by.
If the knife had cut something, it could have been you.
If your body were a fruit, you would spill open.
If only the orange in your apartment now
were still good enough to eat; that when you held
its weight in your hands and breathed in, you could
smell your childhood in gleaming rounds, oranges
tumbling off the kitchen counter in summer, when
you thought your mother was a movie screen siren.
You wonder why you could have ever compared
oranges to the love you lost. One is just a fruit,
the other is a universe where a cello is playing
in a man’s hollow chest. You can’t help but think
of last year when you were holding your ripped
suitcase at the airport, the contents of your life spilling
to the floor: an embarrassment of garments,
toiletries, books scarred with yellow pages. People
passed with such real lives of coming, going, escaping.
How will everyone get to their destinations in one piece?
I imagine them stepping off of planes to find themselves
with the same hairdo, same pair of pants, pointing
to a road map and struggling to breathe in another language.
Next to them baskets of sweet oranges are being sold
by a woman with large and capable hands.
In Brooklyn now your roommate calls to tell you to look
outside and to not miss the sunset behind the clock tower.
A boy turns on the hose to water his mother’s garden
of honeysuckle and cement. I walk away from the window
hating the uselessness of metaphors. I clean and rinse
my knife, put it in its proper place, now yearning a sweetness
that has no name, no shape, my craving for some invisible sugar.

Updated 5:16 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

TimGolden says:
to all U.S. legislators,
if you want (desire) to help millions of girls and women
now and in the future
then make law!
Lily’s Law: 21 to buy laxatives; keep laxatives behind counter
so(w!) THAT
kids don’t steal laxatives!
laxatives are addictive and do cause serious internal injuries
p.s.
to all U.S. legislators,
don’t tell us THAT (you are pro-woman and pro-girl power)
if you are unwilling to show us THAT
p.p.s.
‘tell and show’
p.p.s.
to all U.S. legislators,
if you tell us THAT (you are pro-woman and pro-girl power)
then you show us THAT
by(e bye) you doing your best to(o) make Lily’s Law law
Dec. 6, 2014, 3:11 pm
TimGolden says:
bro(t)her! do your best to(o)
be pro-woman and pro-girl power
G-D is!
Dec. 6, 2014, 3:11 pm
TimGolden says:
U.S. Department of Justice,
Q: what separates most men from G-D 'feet or feats'?
A: feats!
Feb. 20, 2015, 9:04 am
TimGolden says:
U.S. Department of Justice,
to(o) my doctor Dr. Lippe (in 2010)
and
to(o) the NY FBI (in 2011)
I gave (ho ho ho) (t)HIS poem (note):
woman isn't closest to G-D
because she sacrifices
woman sacrifices
because she is (allready?) closest to G-D
p.s.
Q: did the NY FBI share (t)HIS poem with you?
Q: if the NY FBI didn't
then would not that mean that the NY FBI is a
modern day Jonah?
Feb. 20, 2015, 9:11 am
TimGolden says:
U.S. Department of Justice,
wakie wakie
let’s go fishing!
on G-D’S web
for(e!): The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
(google it! vs google chrome it!)
Q: did you ‘catch and reel in’ (t)HIS:
Article 27.
(2) Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests
resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which
he/she (I added she for G-D!) is the author.
p.s.
U.S. Department of Justice,
let's revise the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to(o)
include her and she
p.p.s.
chew! chew!
and
ho ho ho
Jan. 26, 2016, 3:51 pm
TimGolden says:
bro(t)her! I do don't you want (desire) to 'see and hear':
1) a Chinese pope right wrongs for G-D!
2) a Jewish US president right wrongs for G-D!
Feb. 8, 2016, 7:26 pm

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