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Citrus won't be ready until January.

Sour orange will never be ready.

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In November, young boys

spend time rolling them

across the boulevards

like orange bowling balls.

Two points if they time it,

just the physics of fruit

that meets a spinning tire

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and goes splat.

Flattened pulp litters

the streets of oncoming traffic.

I try to help

a worthy boy who makes his play,

slow down a little and aim

my front wheel

toward the low revolution of fruit

on pavement.

A juicy burst is the reward

for which he anxiously awaits.

And for me,

the zesty aroma

stays with the car for miles.

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