The Orange

At lunchtime I bought a huge orange

The size of it made us all laugh.
I peeled it and shared it with Robert and Dave—
They got quarters and I had a half.


And that orange it made me so happy,
As ordinary things often do
Just lately. The shopping. A walk in the park
This is peace and contentment. It’s new.


The rest of the day was quite easy.
I did all my jobs on my list
And enjoyed them and had some time over.
I love you. I’m glad I exist.

Wendy Cope, “The Orange” from Serious Concerns.
Copyright © 1992.

One Comment

  • Anonymous


    Thumb in tangerine,
    To peel off, part the morsels,
    Savor tart and sweet.

    –(c) Mani Suri

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