From the archives – Por Favor No Maltratar Los Aguacates by Laryssa Wirstiuk

bodega

Por Favor No Maltratar Los Aguacates

“Please do not
abuse avocados”:

written in black
marker on blue-

lined legal paper
and taped to a box

at a Yonkers bodega.
Someone has felt

for ripeness, deemed
these precious;

one inept squeeze
could bruise

the fruit
and render it

inedible.
I’m no longer

sure if I could pass
for ready, if I’m worthy

of such a sign.
Forever I’ve waited

for competent hands
to protect me

from the careless,
the passersby.

by Laryssa Wirstiuk

from Autumn Sky Poetry DAILY, April 18, 2015 — by Laryssa Wirstiuk