Spiteful Cherry James Valvis

Spiteful Cherry James Valvis


This is one spiteful cherry.
It’s sitting on the table,
its stem in a twist,
its internal life all pulp,
and its soul only a pit.
Most cherries are dark red,
but this one has turned black.
It’s not something worth eating.
Not a spiteful cherry like this.
I won’t even throw it out.
I think I’ll just ignore it
and let it rot.

razor iconJames Valvis has placed poems or stories in Ploughshares, River Styx, Arts & Letters, Barrow Street, Natural Bridge, Southern Indiana Review, The Sun, and many others. His poetry was featured in Verse Daily. His fiction was chosen for Sundress Best of the Net. A former US Army soldier, he lives near Seattle with his wife and daughter.

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