by Bebhinn McIlroy-Hawley

Dessert is the scraped skin of oranges
bulbous beneath the veil of sprightful blossoms
neroli palm-squeezed
with a splattering of edible flowers
like a May Queen that fucks in the tall field grass
blindfolded with ivory lace
in the spring of sweet and fetid marsh
under the watchful guard of wasps.

Bebhinn McIlroy-Hawley is currently a student of poetry in the Antioch University Los Angeles MFA program. She previously graduated from Antioch University Santa Barbara and studied writing and contemporary literature at the University of Alaska Southeast in her hometown of Juneau, Alaska. Bebhinn’s work is highly influenced by the natural world. She enjoys spending her time with her family.

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