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the madrigal, volume iii.v

Gerald and Adriana

by damien posterino

Gerald is selling cantaloupes to pay for his wife’s funeral.
People press their thumbs firmly against the waxy rind

that looks like the skin from her dead body-
grey blood vessels etched on intricately by nature.

A customer smells the top of one and waits for a fragrance,
closes his eyes to imagine the sweet flesh,
then asks the old man how fresh the fruit is;
Gerald mumbles an answer
then thinks about a wake for her,
making a hard fist around some coins.

Gerald and Adriana used to eat fruit together
every night after dinner;
She would cut up pieces to share with him,
never speaking while he tasted them,
just smiling and listening to the sound
as he inhaled and exhaled after every mouthful.

Damien Posterino (he/him) is a Melbourne-born poet in London. His poetry explores themes of characters, commentary, and capturing moments in time. He has been published in recent editions of Fiery Scribe Review, Neuro Logical, Analogies & Allegories Literary Magazine, Abergavenny Small Press, BOMBFIRE, Jupiter Review, Fairy Piece Magazine, Poetic Sun Journal, Green Ink Poetry, Zero Readers, Melbourne Culture Corner & Discretionary Love. More are due to be published until January 2022. You can find him on Twitter at

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