Here’s to Your Lemon Life

It’s just a self-defense device,
this compromise.
Here’s to your imagined loves
for the rest of your life.
Thoughts and confessions linger
on a one with dented chin and fleshy lips,
with his own, little, baby citrus on his hip.

The lemon trees that you plan to sit under
while you contemplate your own life choices, your vices,
their lemons will they sour on your tongue now,
or will their scent do more for you,
then your own discarded lemon peel?
How will that make you feel?

It’s just a self-defense device,
this celibate compromise.
Drink your lemonade;
here’s to your imagined loves
for the rest of your life.

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