by Charley Foster

I was similar to corned beef

She was a defective product

There was a need to navigate

carefully around her brain

It was exciting and horrible

It was fascinating and adorable

It was sad and attractive

I will never forget the abandoned

Sputtering embers of her little mound

where flowed only iced tea

so sweet and so cold

2 thoughts on “Plums

  1. Bothers me. How was she “a defective product?” What does it mean to be “similar to corned beef?” Sounds from the title and the “sputtering embers of her little mound” they had a sexual encounter, but the tone is so condescending: “it was exciting and horrible…fascinating and adorable…sad and attractive,” particularly in regards to the “need to navigate carefully around her brain,” presumably because “I” considers her “defective.” The “iced tea” image doesn’t follow. To me, the poem is a sexist perspective on what was at least half contributed by the “I.”

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