Eruption, a harvest from black jelly beans
sown under the premiere rainbow of spring,
Oreo acres, crumbled like dirt, bloom mean
little things you crave for dessert. Red ring
lollipops each extends for a lick. Dire
decision, which one to pick? Born sugar high,
age of majority, pigtailed vampire
doppelgängers of a Botticelli vie
for your attentions upon chocolate shells.
Each direction proffers more delicate
smells — spun candy, cinnamon, but telltale
bitter howls of the petulant celibate.
Only one you can pleasure, rest resent
your mortal splendor in blades of fresh mint.
Kristin Garth is a Pushcart, Rhysling nominated sonnet stalker. She is a Best of the Net 2020 finalist. Her sonnets have stalked journals like Glass, Yes, Five:2:One, Luna Luna and more. She is the author of 20 books of poetry including Candy Cigarette Womanchild Noir (Hedgehog Poetry Press), Flutter Southern Gothic Fever Dream (TwistiT Press), and Girlarium (Fahmidan Journal). She is the founder of Pink Plastic House a tiny journal and co-founder of Performance Anxiety, an online poetry reading series. Follow her on Twitter: (@lolaandjolie) and her website kristingarth.com