THE ORCHARD BETWEEN US
Her cleavage is rising with arched ridge
from its narrow grove
of gift-grade Indian River grapefruit,
swollen over the black rim of her dress.
Shoulder-to-shoulder, squished into a cold booth,
she sips her Tequila Sunrise
while I sit holding a straw above my
Vodka Cranberry as it drips slowly,
like sugary rain from a canopy after a storm.
A man slithers into the seat across from us
with sharp shears of metal for hands.
She listens attentively to his
ethical concerns with research and industry,
but branched around my thigh
her fingers drop citrus seeds—
grown in subtropical climates for their sweet fruit.
The man leaves and I cease suckling
the orange slice from her empty Blue Moon
to draw her tiny hand towards finger-painted people
on street corners, park benches, and the Underground.
She asks about my boyfriend,
who is drenched in abandoned apple orchards
in the Santa Cruz mountains, an area known
for high-quality, flavorful fruit,
and I wonder why she taints her nights
with my unmade promises while
feeding me sunshine, harvested into exquisite juices
foaming from split-open navels.