Remove pits, and paint designs on each one.
Cut pits in half, tie-dye them, and string a necklace.
Strip shell with peeler, dry out slices, coat with clear polish
and paste as strands of hair on Halloween ghouls.
Paint whole avocados of different sizes and skin textures,
preserve with clear coating, and create a mosaic.
Smooth pits slip and slide,
lingering scent of fruit. They look
like bodiless baby eggs.
Cleaned, color-dipped in pools
of dye, tiny rubber bands wound
round each half pit, like dyed
peanuts. Lightweight, they clack
together as hollowed out coconut shells.
Green, mottled strips of hair, wild
as witch’s locks, or cut and curled
in afros, faces painted to match dos.
Bumpy red, smooth black silk,
or yellow egg softballs, pasted
in circles appear as small
planets on thick paper.
Written for Wordgathering/Tuesday Tryouts/Margo Roby/Event poem