Lotus Eaters

      by Michael McClintock and Michael Dylan Welch


First published in Frogpond 25:2, Summer 2002, page 41. Written 13–24 October 2001 by email.



hefting a plum—

I know by heart

my father’s orchard                                                        McClintock


        downtown library—

        I dare to eat a peach                                               Welch


she takes the apple

from my palm . . .

and it’s understood                                                        McClintock


blackberry stains

in the wooden basket—

knowing she’s late                                                          Welch


        leading down the lane

        crumbs of lemon cake                                           McClintock


languid afternoon—

I swallow the lotus fruit

placed upon my tongue                                                Welch