I Bring You a Beet

It is the planet’s heart
dipped in roses. The first
bite will be hard, your mouth
ruby with effort, but sweet
with secrets like creases
in lips or folded gowns.
Let its juice drip
into your palm.
The color is fierce,
bold as you want to be.
As you expect to live.
Eat it all.
Lick your fingers
if you like.

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Carolyn Dahl

Carolyn Dahl was the Grand Prize winner in the national Public Poetry competition ARTlines2 and a finalist in the Work-Themed poetry contest, the 2018 Malovhr-Fenlon contest, and PEN Texas in non-fiction. Her chapbook Art Preserves What Can't Be Saved was published in 2019 by The Orchard Street Press and she is co-author of the art and poetry book, The Painted Door Opened, as well as three art books. You can find her website link below.

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