Another poet reported that
She had cut a watermelon
With a US civil war bayonet.
My mind whirls. Did she get
The blade at some junk sale
Or did she pay more instead?
Was it a Union or Confederate?
Had it seen its intended use
In that horrible brotherly struggle?
Then poet, my mind whirls away
To the etymology of the word.
Looks French. A small bayon?
Oh. Such sad disappointment.
It is just named for the town of Bayonne.
It just means from Bayonne.
There must have been a blade
Making industry there for a type
Of weapon to be named after them.
Well French was right. Watermelon is great.
I hear the sound of the blade cutting the melon.
I smell the tang of the rind and taste the juice on my tongue.
Dedicated to the poet +Amanda Rachelle Warren whose comment on a post of +Bliss Morgan made my brain explode with thinkage.