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Out of lemon flowers
on the moonlight, love's
lashed and insatiable
sodden with fragrance,
the lemon tree's yellow
the lemons
move down
from the tree's planetarium

Delicate merchandise!
The harbors are big with it-
for the light and the
barbarous gold.
We open
the halves
of a miracle,
and a clotting of acids
into the starry
original juices,
irreducible, changeless,
so the freshness lives on
in a lemon,
in the sweet-smelling house of the rind,
the proportions, arcane and acerb.

Cutting the lemon
the knife
leaves a little cathedral:
alcoves unguessed by the eye
that open acidulous glass
to the light; topazes
riding the droplets,
aromatic facades.

So, while the hand
holds the cut of the lemon,
half a world
on a trencher,
the gold of the universe
to your touch:
a cup yellow
with miracles,
a breast and a ******
perfuming the earth;
a flashing made fruitage,
the diminutive fire of a planet.
i always have
the urge to run.

but what is it like
to be a tree?

to be confident enough
to root yourself
and grow with
wild abandonment,
being unapologetically

i'm still running,
but i wish i knew.
 Apr 2019 Elijah Bowen
                        so strong                        
                       all living               and      
      it               all green             small      
      calm   if      ever so calm        standing        
      all light      quite special   so branches        
       so secret a   rather small   rather green        
       quite strong  very special  ever so living        
        all special  esoteric, humble, specific          
        particular branches standing, quietly            
       ever so light twigs eating, graciously            
        its primary branches standing, quietly          
          buoyant twigs eating, graciously              
           lite twigs feeding, graciously                
        so    esoteric, humble, specific     .          
   so    ever so clear twigs eating, graciously          
   exceptional branches, loose twigs, covert morals      
    specific branches, clear twigs, secret morality      
     extra branches, pure twigs, privy ethical motive    
       specific branches, clear twigs, esoteric morals  
       ever so abstemious twigs eating, graciously      
        esoteric, fine, new positively special          
          decidedly small a   all living                
          calm  foliage   a     standing                
               a tree     a       strong!                
               tree       a           leaf              
               no         a                              

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