PF detail from Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Beach Scene, Guernsey (Children by the Sea in Guernsey) - 1883;


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Maureen Kingston lives and works in eastern Nebraska.  Her poems are forthcoming in the Bicycle Review, Blue Collar Review, Calliope Nerve, Grey Sparrow Journal, Hobble Creek Review, Honey Land Review, Muddy River Poetry Review, A Prairie Journal, Red River Review, Rusty Truck, and Sleet Magazine


Fraternal Twins


Vulgar, dirt-cheap, Spanish olive:
a Prodigal son, spiritual kin to
the tomato and other fruitless fruits,
a profligate vegetable wannabe,
happiest when escaping its prison jar,
buoyant in martini’s juke joint gin,
its wandering green eye, pimento lit.


The refined black olive, dour sheep,
accepts the somber lash, sits in bowls,
on silver trays, always on display;
a patent-leather musket ball, defused,
cured by brine’s demands, its joy
leached to the bone, its heart stone
charred by good’s exacting spotlight.