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From: Colorado Review
Volume 40, Number 2, Summer 2013
pp. 128-129 | 10.1353/col.2013.0061

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from “Echoes, Thus”

Collapsed, a
peach orphaned in the grass
& sun of late August, stem
rotted, flesh festered, I
in the well-hollowed
bucket beneath my
ribcage a vacuous, fungus-
filled & skunking,
the leftovers
of garbage cans—What isn't
unholy. Dismembering
one from where it rooted, I
split the peach at its
seam. If only
someone would splinter
me. To be ravaged
is all I ask for. The fruit, tender
& undeserving of fingers
crude as mine, fumed
an odor like gasoline.
a moldy pit, I
swallowed, & it
tasted, slugging
down my sternum,
like the saliva
of a person like me must
when he finally kneels
in the piss-yellowed grass,
strained, beyond redemption,
broken of anything
his lungs could give.
palms, he prays, this
person, not
to be saved, no,
never that—no, only
to endure.

Jesse Delong  

Jesse DeLong lives in Tuscaloosa. “[Pit]” is from “Screel,” a manuscript he recently finished. Other work can be found at Best New Poets 2011, Mid-American Review, American Letters and Commentary, Indiana Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, and elsewhere. Tearings, and Other Poems, a chapbook, was released by Curly Head Press.

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