kitchen stripping

Appealing tangerine peeling
Revealing its tender flesh to the air
As the aroma of crisp citrus rushes in
The fools stop and stare
At the nakedness of the fruit

Following suit the lacy fern
Sits in the sunny window
Pushing forth and unfurling
Its alien curled fronds
Exposing a tender heart

Watching the striptease
In the kitchen unfold
A pearl white oval egg
With its smooth porcelain skin
Waits patiently to be
Cracked by a human hand

©2020 Linda Lee Lyberg

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Linda Lee Lyberg is a wife, mother, artist, published poet and author. She resides in Mesa, AZ with her husband Pete (aka The Big Viking) of 24 years, and her dog, Ricky Bobby. Linda writes various forms of poetry, as well as short stories. You can read more of her works at:
and purchase anthologies containing her work here: Amazon Author Page

15 Comments on “kitchen stripping

  1. Ha! I love this, Linda, especially the lovely sounds in the first stanza and the image of the furled fronds and egg waiting to be undressed. Superb!

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  2. Gorgeous! ❤️This is so skillfully woven, Linda 😀 I love the image of the tangerine “Revealing its tender flesh to the air.” 👏👏

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  3. LOL, I was expecting this poem to be about stripping floors, or paint………how delightful that it was a tangerine, shameless thing!

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  4. Well, I never thought about “strippers” in this way. 🙂 Love your poem of sights and scent.

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