How to Eat a Poem

“How to Eat a Poem” by Eve Merriam 

Don’t be polite.
Bite in.
Pick it up with your fingers and lick the juice that
may run down you chin.
It is ready and ripe now, whenever you are.

 

You do not need a knife or a fork or spoon or plate or napkin or tablecloth.

 

For there is no core
or stem
or rind
or pit
or seed
or skin
to throw away.

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