by Aaron Deutsch
I watched you suck a halved lemon to the rind.
Citrus spilled around your lips in swampy summer,
the seed curled under your chin in a river of juice–
like driftwood along the Mississippi–
into your cupped hand, and all I could think of
in that swatch of summer night, was how that seed
looked like Polaris, the yellow star you pointed to
when I went slack-jawed at the way you ate lemons,
and your eyelashes shook like wind on rushes.
We’d all been beneath that porch light before
when moths surrounded us like falling lights.
We’d seen the old smokestacks and bailed hay
slope like kneeling mountains, though never
did we think to call them beautiful before you did.