We Peel Oranges by Anastasia Clark



We peel oranges
Together-
Sunday morning
Draping on our shoulders,
Hunched over
Like two old criminals
Doling out our loot.


The breakfast table
Over fifty-
But sturdy still.


We count our pills
For the ills of age-
Eat our oranges
As a sort of wage
Against the years
We’ve gathered here.


The breakfast table
Over fifty-
But sturdy still.


A bit of breath
In each little bite
Of orange light-
Slices of love
On wrinkled hands
Defy the chills.


And the breakfast table
Is sturdy. . . still.



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