#104. Floetry by JulietKego: My Guava Tree


Floetry by JulietKego: My Guava Tree


Life offered me guavas today

I hold one and become lost in Amichi

staring across my window

at the swaying branches

of the guava tree sitting pretty behind my room

I once saw a green and yellow sexy snake

with flecks of burnt-orange red,

fiery, like a hemorrhage of stars when the sun weeps

The tongue of the snake flicks out on the guava tree

slithering through holes in the branches of my life

Disappearing through stems that once held my hands

barks that leaked of liquids and scents of my youth

The leaves sweating under the sun’s fixed stare

The greens of their skin rusted off under her glare

The snake circles and caresses my guava fruit

(I had waited seasons and days for her to ripen)

He flicks his tongue and kisses her pink cheeks

Biting into her lips, she sighs, opens up to his need

He sucks on and I look away

I guess I never forget that day

For I never ate a guava again.


(C) Juliet Kego Ume-Onyido


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