When you have a handsome mango
wait longer than your want
for it to soften so
it yields. Your hunger
is irrelevant, you are in service,
so peel slowly,
strip all sides, trace
each curve, let the trappings drop,
purpose past. Cradle your hands,
lift gently, let the fruit taste
you. Memory ajar, relish,
for the first time.
Michael Favala Goldman (b.1966) is also a jazz clarinetist and a widely-published translator of Danish literature. Over 120 of his translations have appeared in literary journals. Among his twelve translated books are The Water Farm Trilogy by Cecil Bødker, Dependency by Tove Ditlevsen (a Penguin Classic), and Something To Live Up To – Selected Poems of Benny Andersen. He lives in Florence, MA.