Lemons in their second season, cold,
Yellow against the brisk night, bright,
Cold only fixing the color, crisping it,
Lemons in their gaudy, adolescent mustard
Lit in the heights of a late December morning,
Having climbed into the trees for sport,
Liking the dare: What did they used to be — mice?
Bigger. Rats, some of them, running up the trunks,
The branches — these are the bravest, the misbehaving
Boys, these lemons the rats nobody took home or let in.
The yellow of summer is not the yellow of winter.
The colors are the same but their stories tell two lives.