Lauri Conner

The Language of Guavas

mature green fruit can be stored two

to five weeks without sunlight  water   hope 

each day without       becoming prayer

fruit that has changed colors in the field

should die there  on the needs of salvation


those that do not die    bruise easily    

will  deteriorates     rots       perishes

in light of inedible seeds   deep pink flesh

and hard yellow rinds    not good for eating

out of hand   not good for eating out of want