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Flirtation
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Writing a book of poetry is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.

– Don Marquis



Flirtation


After all, there’s no need

to say anything

at first. An orange, peeled

and quartered, flares

like a tulip on a wedgewood plate

Anything can happen.

Outside the sun

has rolled up her rugs

and night strewn salt

across the sky. My heart

is humming a tune

I haven’t heard in years!

Quiet’s cool flesh—

let’s sniff and eat it.

There are ways

to make of the moment

a topiary

so the pleasure’s in

walking through.


Poem By Rita Dove

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