Ode to Tangerines

April 17, 2009
By usuallyandante BRONZE, Great Neck, New York
usuallyandante BRONZE, Great Neck, New York
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My mom came home
with a box
full of red-
orange bliss,
luring citric acid.
I peeled off
its delicate dress,
left it bare,
all skin exposed
to air.
Oh what a beauty
she was,
veins ranging in size
raging from the sides
of each little slice,
she was
an orange-
white delicacy,
a fiesta for
my taste buds.
I was afraid
to go beyond
with
the lovely mist,
not to offend the miss,
the watery fog-
an ocean of pleasure.
My impulse was greater
than
my mind
I split the tumor
in two, like a
scream I heard
the disconnection
of parts
two small,
too large clusters
of sour medicine
for my
unquenchable
craving.
I took it apart
slice by slice
the only size that
could fit
in my mouth.
She wasn’t
happy,
she was crying
with a squeeze,
she spat
in my eyes.
Burning, I took
a bite
couldn’t help but
smile.
As her
squeals vanished
into
silence
there was only one
thought
in my head
“oh, heavenly tangerine.”

The author's comments:
I wrote this piece one night at 12, remembering that I have a poem deadline the next day. I probably wouldn't have written it if my mom hadn't brought me a tangerine, which I was eating as I wrote the piece. Later, for some reason, it won a gold key in regional Scholasatic. I love writing poems and this is my first post to TeenInk.

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EdytD SILVER said...
on Apr. 29 2009 at 12:23 am
EdytD SILVER, Livingston, New Jersey
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I love it! Amazing imagery, great sense of flow... I love it! I've never heard anyone personify a fruit before, but you did it pretty nicely! :D



I'd love if you took a look at my poetry; thanks! :D

Ruthey GOLD said...
on Apr. 27 2009 at 7:13 pm
Ruthey GOLD, West Midlands, Other
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I LOOOOVE IT :) :) :)

it makes me so happy!

its amazingly simple and just, well, great!!

well done!

pinar said...
on Apr. 27 2009 at 2:34 pm
beautiful!

aysetravels said...
on Apr. 27 2009 at 2:32 pm
this poem warmed my heart.Amazing

hello said...
on Apr. 27 2009 at 11:42 am
Derencim,

I ENJOY THIS POEM EVERY TIME i READ IT.CONGURADULATIONS!!!

on Apr. 27 2009 at 3:05 am
Very nice!

How do i vote for it again?

-your neighbor :)


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