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forbidden fruit


four small green bananas
three abstract oranges
and two heart-shaped apples
overfill round wicker basket
posturing freely above
false granite countertop

don’t touch don’t touch
the artist with nine brushes
shouts from out of nowhere
putting a halt to hand reaching in
and mysteriously withdrawing
as if overtaken by guilt




december two thousand nineteen
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

still life telling its own stories


the story was supposed to have a twist at the end
but all it had were some half-baked ideas
and out-of-place exclamation points

and so he went back and reworked the narrative
thinking the story could be salvaged by removing
the exclamation points and replacing them
with a series of question marks

on the kitchen table was a round wicker basket
sometimes filled with bananas
other times apples or lemons and limes
maybe a super ripe avocado or mango

and then it hit him that the story had
nothing to do with punctuation
but rather uneaten fruit dying to be noticed
in someone else’s nondescript world



november two thousand seventeen
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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