Chocolate

By Rita Dove b. 1952 Rita Dove
Velvet fruit, exquisite square
I hold up to sniff
between finger and thumb -

how you numb me
with your rich attentions!
If I don't eat you quickly,

you'll melt in my palm.
Pleasure seeker, if i let you
you'd liquefy everywhere.

Knotted smoke, dark punch
of earth and night and leaf,
for a taste of you

any woman would gladly
crumble to ruin.
Enough chatter: I am ready

to fall in love!

Rita Dove, "Chocolate" from American Smooth. Copyright © 2004 by Rita Dove. Used by permission of the author and W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. This selection may not be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means without the prior written permission of the publisher.

Source: American Smooth (W. W. Norton and Company, Inc., 2004)

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Poet Rita Dove b. 1952

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Relationships, Love, Activities, Eating & Drinking

Poetic Terms Free Verse