Off the Shelf, Poetry Thursdays
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Drinking Grapefruit Juice


I didn’t know
many can’t
sip coral pulpy bitter
juice from narrow glasses.

Didn’t know to
savor cold bites
popping naked
segments from the yellow rind.

A gift without
use: knowing. No
spot on the shelf.

Juice folds
on the tongue
in light gray afternoon.
Raindrops land outside.


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Maggie Mass Maggie Mass (2 Posts)

Contributing Writer

University of Illinois College of Medicine


Maggie is a third year medical student at University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago, IL class of 2022. In 2017, she graduated from University of Pittsburgh with Bachelors of Science & Arts in English and biology. She enjoys creative cooking, bike rides, and hammock naps in her free time. After graduating medical school, Maggie would like to pursue a career in Emergency Medicine.