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Couple Sharing a Peach

It's not the first time
we've bitten into a peach.
But now at the same time
it splits--half for each.
Our "then" is inside its "now,"
its halved pit unfleshed--

what was refreshed.
Two happinesses unfold
from one joy, folioed.
In a hotel room
our moment lies
with its ode inside,
a red tinge,
with a hinge.


From Cornucopia by Molly Peacock. Copyright © 2002 by Molly Peacock. Used by permission of W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. All rights reserved.


Molly Peacock

Born in 1947 in Buffalo, New York, Molly Peacock is the author of several collections of poetry, including The Second Blush: Poems (W. W. Norton, 2008).

Date Published: 2002-01-01

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