DANIELLE McSHINE

  

Peach (For S.)

To bruise a peach,
merely think of hurting it.

Imagine that the fine-haired skin
accepts the pressure of your fingers
without question,

that the dark vowel of your tongue
spreads like a stain
towards the old seed. Imagine

how sweetly
the juice travels into your throat
from your teeth's decision.

Imagine yourself
soft and open
as a wound.