Love and Finer Things

By Grace Kaemper

I never liked fruit.

The tang, the soft flesh, the juice

dripping

down

my arm with sticky sweetness.

I plucked all green off my pavlovas

and scraped the cream clean,

through my teens

through my twenties

through murmurs her taste will mature.

Berry lips,

peach-fuzz cheeks,

give me the vitamin C tablet instead.

Grace Kaemper is a final year veterinary student who has learnt to love the pancake landscape of Palmerston North. Her work can also be found in Small Loves: A Queer Microfiction Anthology.