Lemon Power — Mary Langer Thompson

It’s one of those fruits you
can’t take by itself,
can’t even lick its acidic
tartness and tanginess with-
out puckering.
It’s a team player only, and
for more than lemonade.

Remember the night you flew
To Vietnam?
We ate your favorite pie made
from not yet mature, green ovals.
The whipped up eggwhite on top
didn’t look quite right.
We nervously laughed and couldn’t
understand why the meringue was
weeping and shrinking,
making the crust wet.

When you returned, my bridesmaids
wore yellow, as bright
as our eyes could stand.


Mary Langer Thompson’s articles, short stories, and poetry appear in various journals and anthologies. She is a contributor to The Working Poet (Autumn Press) and Women and Poetry: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing by Successful Women Poets (McFarland). She is a retired school principal, and a proud member of the California Writers Club, High Desert Branch. Her first collection of poems, Poems in Water, was published in July of 2014, and received a National Indie Excellence Award.