the fruit | Margaret Donsbach Tomlinson

peel away the outside layers
you will have to use a knife
the juice will spurt and stain

tear the fruit apart
expose the jeweled womb
its seeds so tight-pressed
they are bonded
each to the other

all at once
the dark red scattering
the feast

you will pay with more
than a winter
in the underworld

you will not regret it






Margaret TomlinsonMargaret Donsbach Tomlinson
has loved Greek myth from childhood and still cherishes her battered old copy of “Stories of Gods and Heroes,” wonderfully (sometimes creepily) illustrated by Art Seiden. She created and manages the website and lives in Independence, Oregon, where she and her husband, visual artist Robert Tomlinson, helped found the Ash Creek Arts Center.



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