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The Yellow Watermelon
Alexandra Umlas


Your gasp cut through
kitchen summer air
as I pushed the knife blade
through the other side:
green-striped skin to green-
striped skin, the halves
pulling away, the ruptured
split to the unexpected—
you had only seen glossy
pink-red insides over
and over. Imagine waking
to a magenta sky or the grass
suddenly blue, the world
turned sideways. Your surprise
when the flesh presented itself
marigold, as if the sun itself
was buried in those emerald
walls, waiting for escape.
Will it taste the same?
Your mouth found flesh, bit
into delight condensed
in impossible fruit. The world
holding itself out to us, slice
after astonishing slice—

From At the Table of the Unknown (Moon Tide Press, 2019).
Used here with permission.



Alexandra Umlas lives in Huntington Beach, CA with her husband and two daughters, who inspire much of her writing. She loves teaching, reading, and taking road trips. Alexandra's first collection of poetry, At the Table of the Unknown, was recently published by Moon Tide Press. Learn more about her at









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I bought a watermelon yesterday and will cut it open for the grandchildren today.
Posted 08/23/2019 09:17 AM
Matt Miller:
Excellent poem!
Posted 08/23/2019 06:14 AM
Delightfully descriptive!
Posted 08/22/2019 08:55 PM
Lori Levy:
Didn't know there were yellow watermelons. Great poem!
Posted 08/22/2019 05:35 PM
Jean Colonomos-1:
Yum, on all levels.
Posted 08/22/2019 10:44 AM
Alexandra's book is wonderful from the first word to the last. <3 Donna
Posted 08/22/2019 10:05 AM
Loved this! I was 19 when surprised by my first yellow watermelon and my reaction was exactly the same. Good, good memories!
Posted 08/22/2019 09:18 AM
Larry Schug:
An excellent use of metaphor, a very visual poem-it allows the reader to there with you.
Posted 08/22/2019 07:46 AM
Gilbert Allen:
This poem is as delightful as the experience it describes. Well done!
Posted 08/22/2019 07:45 AM

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