Picking Peaches in Late Summer by Phillip W. Brown

Ripe ones
glow, it’s yellow
we look for—

the red is only
sunburned skin.

A quarter turn
the soft fruit drops

into our palms
like loosened
light bulbs.

We pack them
with newspaper
in shallow boxes

as if storing ornaments
after a holiday.

It’s August already.

We walk each
tree-lined hallway
taking down
these lanterns

letting
the orchard dim.

Phillip W. Brown is originally from Utah but now lives in Oregon. He earned a BA in graphic design from Brigham Young University and an MFA in poetry from Oregon State University. His work is often informed by his experience both in art and in writing. Currently, he works as an editor in the Extension program at Oregon State University.