I wandered into Whole Foods on my lunch break
Seeking supplement to the meal I’d brought from home
There you sat, atop a golden pile of your brethren
Yertle the Turtle, but of tangerines
I picked you up and stared surprised,
Your leafy plumage now on full display
Perhaps not Yertle but a citrus Ariana Grande.
Priced by the pound, I considered severing your leafy locks
Why pay extra for what I would not eat?
I then recalled from whence I came…
The dreary gray of New York January
Streets bereft of color, bare brown trees…
In that moment, I realized you were everything I needed
An overcompensating orange to keep the winter blues at bay.