Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Young Fruit

Love, captured when young
--like fruit—
is apt to bruise
and turn to meal
for lack of cultivation.
The young starfruit,
kept in warm humidity
and rotated weekly
can produce delicious results
but the high school crush
grows bitter on the tongue
poisoning the heart from within.
Guard your heart
behind protective walls—
wrap it up in temperate climes
to avoid spoiling you love
with the heat of passion
or the early freeze of disappointment.

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