Peel me open like a mango, sticky juices
staining your hands. Eat me out, my papaya heart
filling your empty stomach.
Hold me in your palm
strange & ugly
like rambutan. Unpalatable
like durian, pull apart my milky flesh
with your hands as the stench fills the room.
Not all fruit is sweet
& easy to consume. I am exotic
but not in the way you’d like me to be.
I want to leave you dirty
with the memory of me
unable to wash my scent
off your skin. I am your guilty pleasure
that no one understands. Spilling out
of your mouth, running down your chin
I am everywhere
& you can’t get enough.
Ally Ang is a queer Asian American poet whose work deals with the intersections of those identities, among many other things. Ally is the author of the chapbook Monstrosity (Damaged Goods Press, 2016) and their work has appeared in Nepantla, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, and more. Find Ally on Twitter and Instagram @TheOceanIsGay.