Unlit And Uneaten

by Philip F De Pinto

you vied high
on the plateau
and I well below

star that you are
to savor you is to burn
is to spit out the pit
or swallow return
to Capistrano
owing to a shortage of postage
or willingness to suffer
bellyache for peach sake

candle unlit in the sky
to light you is to lead us
halfway through the upright corridor
and its zenith reached
is to discover the moral
in the Cracker Jack box
announcing it is not always necessary
to eat peaches looming in the far reaches
unsettle their fuzz or wick
to prove how sweet you are or bright

and why light candles
or eat peaches
breach their fuzz or wick
when in the end you have to snuff
or spit out their pit?
which in so doing
is to break their spirit and mine
and to break such spirit is to own it in the end
or swallow and risk bellyache for peach sake
or return to Capistrano
owing to short postage
or perhaps the fact
the peach biding on the plateau
gave the boy biding well below
the wrong address?
hence the reason for swallows
returning o'er and o'er to Capistrano
not because it is their ancestral nest
rather that some peach looming in the far reaches
gave the boy looming below the wrong address


Posted on 07/02/2014
Copyright © 2022 Philip F De Pinto

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 07/02/14 at 03:16 PM

Highly unique and evocative expression of longing, Phil. Peach pits contain arsenic = quick reunion. :)

Posted by Gail Wolper on 08/03/14 at 04:38 AM

Excellent use of irony. Nice humor and you bring it all together in the end.

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