Poem: With or Without Lemon

Poem created in response to Robert Lee Brewer’s 2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day9, 9 Nov 2011.  Topic: “<blank> or <blank>”

With or Without Lemon

I never pluck the lemon
out of the water
give it a squeeze
or a twist
and drop it back in the water

Squeezing that bit of lemon
into the water
won’t disguise
or improve
the taste of the water

Too many lemons squeezed
into that same water
makes lemonade
not the water
for which I have a thirst

It’s amazing how many lemons
are applied to water
enriching the lives
of lemon pushers
I’d be just as happy without lemon


2 thoughts on “Poem: With or Without Lemon

  1. redwheelbarrow1957 November 10, 2011 / 12:25

    i feel the same about bay leaves

  2. jessicamarie19 November 11, 2011 / 12:07

    Besides, think of how many grimy-lemon-slicer-and-bar-tender hands touched the rind of that lemon before it made it to the ridge of your glass?

    If I’m going to squeeze citrus into a beverage, I’d much rather it be of the adult variety. But I’ll never dunk the rind in, no matter how high the alcohol content!


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