Pitaya

Pinky-red or yellow. Not pretty
but unexpected. The man
at the market cuts
through the soft, thick peel
with a sharp knife
and practiced skill. Toma.
He offers me a slice of almost
quivering, succulent flesh.
Juice drips from my hands
down my forearms into my sleeves.

From now on I’ll cut deep
until I lay bare sweetness.

A German-born UK national, Rose Mary Boehm lives and works in Lima, Peru. Author of Tangents, a poetry collection published in the UK in 2010/2011, her work has been widely published in US poetry journals (online and print). She was three times winner of the Goodreads monthly competition, a new poetry collection (From the Ruhr to Somewhere Near Dresden 1939-1949 : A Child’s Journey) has been published by Aldrich Press in May 2016, and a new collection (Peru Blues or Lady Gaga Won’t Be Back) has been published (January 2018) by Kelsay Books.

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