Ode to an Overcompensating Tangerine

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.

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NYC lifestyle blog by Mary Lane. Events, adventures, epic mistakes, dating, life, humor. A 20-something trying to make it (and make out) in the city of dreams.

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