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17 April, 2016: FruitLove


by Suzanne Ondrus


Yesterday a mere mango glaze gloomed
me, parting at the airport.
Today, in Ohio, I smiled at mango sorbet,
you sweet in my heart;
spoon by spoon the sorbet wooed,
from Ohio to you
in Burkina.

Today I wonder what is in your mouth.
I wonder why your mangos are so sweet,
sweeter than the Philippines
or California ones.
          The soil does something.
I ask today could we find our gold
in mangos —
in the erotic fruit men speak of
when they want a woman who is so ripe
they could pluck her from the tree?
Could mangoes build our home?
Pesticide free, they would yield
quite a profit here.

Liberty and money are sweet.
Dear, are not both our mouths
on the same piece of fruit, pulling
towards something we cannot see,
only feel?

"FruitLove" by Suzanne Ondrus from Passion Seeds. Little Red Tree Publishing, 2014. Used by permission of the author.

Suzanne Ondrus’ first book, Passion Seeds (Little Red Tree Publishing, 2014), won the 2013 Vernice Quebodeaux Pathways Poetry Prize for Women, and her work has appeared in anthologies and literary journals such as CV2, Slab, Colere and Long River Review. Language and cultural immersion shape Suzanne’s artistic vision; she has lived in Russia, Benin, Uganda, Burkina Faso, Italy, and Germany and is fluent in Italian, German, and French. Suzanne has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies and an MFA. She currently teaches Women’s & Gender Studies at John Carroll University. Find her online Follow her on Twitter.


The American Dialect Society has chosen the word “they,” used as a singular, for its “Word of the Year.” If you can’t do anything with that, try writing a poem about one of their other choices: "Word of the 1990s" (web); “Word of 2000 – 2009 (google as a verb); “Word of the 20th Century” (jazz); “Word of the Past Millennium” (she).

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