Jeff Bernstein

By Any Other Name Would They Taste As Sweet?

We had a decades-long romance
with a hybrid that only appeared
for one month each year
in the dead of winter.

Tangerines and grapefruit married
to beget offspring shaped like bells
with inverted stem-end necks,
miniature versions of the vessel
used by the best distilleries,
but sweeter than candy.

How did my mother find Honeybelles
in the first place? Was it profligate
to take the cream of the crop
and juice them for breakfast?