as the furrow recalls the plow
so the pulp sweet waits
beneath the bruise of skin
a taut membrane made to snap
and drip from lip to chin
making sticky the fingers which fondle
the bounty of selection, of choice
which we desire, the wet smack
of fruitfulness, scents of fecundity
fermentation a thick bouquet of promise
the suggestion of the illicit, the weight
in your hands, sunwarm down
rolled over the palm, brought near
the collar of your shirt, rubbed against
your chest as a roman salute
and you bite.
Heather Mydosh is a transplant to Independence, Kansas where she teaches composition and literature at Independence Community College. She recently was awarded first place for poetry in the Kansas Voices contest for her poem Strawberry Blood. She holds her Masters of Literature from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland in Comparative Literature and Thought, where she spent countless nights immersed in dusty texts. Current interests include the Pleistocene extinction of North American mega fauna, the cultivation of peonies, vintage British automobiles, and pre-prohibition cocktails.
Lori Baker Martin is Kansas Time + Place editor for the month of May. She lives and works in Southeast Kansas where she is teaching English at Independence Community College. She’s had both poetry and fiction published in magazines like Prick of the Spindle, The MacGuffin, The Little Balkans Review,Room Magazine, Grass Limb, The Knicknackery, Midwest Quarterly, Kansas Time + Place, 150 Kansas Poets, and in a Kansas Notable Book poetry collection To the Stars Through Difficulties. She’s been awarded for her work in The Cincinnati Review and Kansas Voices. Martin is a graduate of Iowa Writer’s Workshop where she was named a Truman Capote Fellow and received the Clark Fischer Ansley Award for Excellence in Fiction.