Like you would with the fuzz on a peach
by rolling your fingers over it, your thumb-
Allow your fingers to round
over where it rounds
into the spaces where depressions have been formed.
When encountering tender spots, treat them tenderly.
Notice the varied shades-
how the marigold flesh
delicately turns blush and
Then notice it this way: with your mouth-
the way it feels against your lips,
Slowly work circles around the pit
that’s all that’s left of it.
And for a moment longer than you might think needed,
just be still.
Languidly pull your mouth away
to keep the juice from
dripping over you.
Taste it one last time-
the ripened, sweet juice.