How To Skin A Peach — Parental Guidance Advised

How To Skin A Peach

Hold the peach like you’re spooned
behind your lover, cradling their breast
in your hand, gently pulse it,
is the peach ripe-soft-enough to eat?

Rinse a wash cloth in warm water
then gently rub off the fuzzy fuzz.
Dimple in the nipple end, lift it
to your nose, sniff that aroma —
like behind the ear of your lover
washing their hair in the rain.

Oh, to skin a peach is really like
touching the skin of your lover — if
their back, wherever, is a milky way of freckles
and beauty marks, then give them kisses,
peachy kisses to light up the heart;

Oh, to skin a peach you can
teeth-tease-back a curl of yellow skin, lick,
bite into the flesh of it all —

Oh! Going to far. Yes! You don’t need to
really skin a peach, but as with your lover,
taste, enjoy, peach, flesh, skin and all.

9-18-2013
James Ciletti

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About Ciletti

Jim Ciletti, an award winning poet, filmmaker, and author, is the 2010-2012, Poet Laureate of the Pikes Peak region, and for 41 years, poet-in-residence for the Orme School Fine Arts Festival. Jim gives many workshops on the writing and performance of poetry, and makes poetry house calls to create personal poetry events. Ciletti loves everything Italian, including cooking for family and friends, and loves to plant garlic, make homemade wine, and eating peaches and plums. "Everyday is Christmas, but you don't always get everything you ask for. Sometimes more. Poetry celebrates life."
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2 Responses to How To Skin A Peach — Parental Guidance Advised

  1. Scrumptious!  Yummmm! Love you, Mary

  2. Rosemerry says:

    Oh! Going too far! this line has me laughing out loud. Oh Jim, you have a grand way with fruit/love poems.

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