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Night Of The Nectarine

written by: Heath Brougher


Houses with lights in their windows
run an unsteady pattern down the street.
Some porch lights are flickering here and there.
Warm waverings of too-tall trees
that lean over like a giant hug from above.
Chatter is heard from backyard patios
as I stroll through the streets,
tightrope walking, straddling the curbs,
somewhere the sound of running water soothes.

The night is lit.

There are slices of nectarines on wooden picnic tables,
again and again, here and there, a brief flicker,
luciferin love, and it's June and here and there
is momentary light, again and again,
the lust of the smell of nectarines in the night’s air
here and there, again and again,
it's June in flickering light, again,
here and there, we smell the nectarines in the night.

It is the Night of the Nectarine.

All the way back down the street,
strolling steadily, the floating flickering surrounding,
the smell of thick summer and fruit,
June beginning, the bulbs, the luminescence,
the fireflies illuminating the path, the heavy, the even-thicker,
the whole way back down the street
there was no need for porch lights—we walked with nature's lamp,
the night lit to a crisp clarity by the fuses of those fireflies,
the bellies of those bugs; all the way back home,
along the hum of cricket and the smell of sweet fruit,
the June, those flickering luciferin lights leading the way.

Heath Brougher

Heath Brougher

Heath Brougher is the co-poetry editor for Into the Void Magazine, winner of the 2017 and 2018 Saboteur Award for Best Magazine. He is a multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Nominee. He is 38 years old and has been writing his entire life. Unfortunately, he didn't begin to copy up his "life's work" for publication until age 34. He feels like he has a lot of catching up to do. He published 3 chapbooks in 2016 and 2017, two full length collections "To Burn in Tortuous Algorithms" (Weasel Press, 2018) and "The Ethnosphere's Duality" (Cyberwit.Net, 2018), and has 3 collections forthcoming in 2019.
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