Lemon in my hand has such soft waxen rind,
the smell is citrus, light, acidic, clean.
I am now 8 years old in a world of sand, sucking lemon juice
through a peppermint stick, a grandparent’s treat.
Then, I am Positano, a lemon of such giant size, and my family
together watches rain wash candied terra cotta roofs clean.
Once more, I’m at lunch in a blue room with my great aunt
squeezing a distracted, thin slice into a diet coke.
Always, a small bit of juice finds a crack in the skin and stings.
Tomorrow, we’ll roll the pulp in sugar and have a sweet lick.