The boys in my neighborhood like to pick oranges from trees in their front yards they throw them as boys would and boys do and the oranges explode in spectacular fashion just the way you’d expect they would and do Glorious creamsicle pulp flings through the air like dynamite or actually maybe like moth wings held up to dusk because near dusk makes kaleidoscopes of pulp so like moth wings if moth wings were oranges that grow on streets without sidewalks with yellow lawns like wheat blonde hair like my sister’s hair and inflated plastic pools of boys who leap out sopping of hose-water cool to throw oranges and watch them explode
They’re sweet 7 or 8 but they could be 17 or 18 too, rattling by with their friends always Pruis the color of pantyhose that can’t reach 85 suckling pens pineapple like veterans suck cigars laughing always with the reckless wreckage of being 17 or 18 and knowing sweet nothing popping oranges beneath tires incidentally for sopping boys high-fiving so awesome wide-eyed at the future which rattles off again as Priuses would and Priuses do always The streets are left plastered with ivory rind smashed so deep into the crags the whole scene will smell like heaven for days
Then the sun falls as suns would and do, incidentally, behind the houses and the freeways and the lawns till telephone wires hang loose against a purpling sky always purple and never quite black or starry its the San Fernando Valley where violet air and oranges simmer into the blacktop at the end of the day like milk into a paper napkin or like stain glass in a melting church boys run home with citrus underneath their fingernails and we all know its impossible to be unhappy falling asleep with citrus smelling fingers
Lila Dubois is an 19 year old waitress, musician, and student at the University of Pennsylvania who writes to explore the kaleidoscope of humanity in the seemingly mundane of everyday life (and also, for her own personal sanity). Her writing has been featured in various journals and recognized by the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards; her music can be found on all streaming services. She works out of Los Angeles and Philadelphia.