Floyd Cheung


Chocolate Caramels

“ . . . and I had but one orange.”
—Richard Wright, from Black Boy

the first time Julia Wright read 
her father’s book she curled up in bed 

with a box of chocolate caramels
she a student at the Sorbonne 

he a black boy in Arkansas 
who one Christmas received an orange 

heavy in his pocket all day
waiting till bedtime to peel and savor

for him a gift for the year 
for her burnt sugar pith



Floyd Cheung is author of the chapbook Jazz at Manzanar (Finishing Line Press, 2014). His poems have appeared in qarrtsiluniRhino, and other journals. He teaches in the Department of English and American Studies Program at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.