Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Peaches


xxxxxxxxxxxx I'm dreaming of summer as
I block the powdery wind that carries
a February snow.
Up in the tree, ice pushes down on a bough.
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That same tree, if I'm patient, will yield shade
in August and let me pull a ripened warm peach
from its hold.
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xxxxxxxxxxxxI remember another time of peaches...
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xxxxxxxxxxx Here's an exerpt from a poem I wrote
because I love peaches....
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xxxxxxxxxxxxxxThe Peaches of Saint-Paul
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xxxxxxxxx.....Bells suddenly roused us from the chilly grotto.
xxxxxxxxxxxxxx We ran down cobbled steps,
xxxxxxxxxxxxxx embracing our brief mortality, and found
xxxxxxxxxxxxxx Rue Verdalette. Following the map
xxxxxxxxxxxxxx we turned right at the telephone pole.
xxxxxxxxxxxxxx And full below was Saint-Paul de Vence,
xxxxxxxxxxxxxx washed by the Provencal sea.
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A vendor's cart,
just wheeled into the shade, displayed
avacados, alongside daisies.
Melons were cut open, their pale green flesh
too pungent, summoning
a rush of fruit flies.
And a dozen peaches
ripened to a dazzling pink......
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from "Two Ghosts", a book of poetry.
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c 2009 all rights reserved

21 comments:

Poetikat said...

I love how your blog makes my mouth water! Sadly, I don't have any peaches (wait, there might be some in the back of the freezer in a bag of mixed fruit) - I have a real taste for them now, but you can't beat them fresh in mid-August.

I love the poem. I really enjoy your work.

Kat

Marti said...

Peach season...when I was little we would drive to Michigan and pick peaches. Big round supple peaches.

Thank You for posting a kind hearted blog. It's good to turn on my computer and read something good.

Lyn said...

Kat-
I so appreciate your wonderful words.
I have an idea for a different sort of recipe book...I suggest something yummy, add a fab photo, the reader drools, and makes their own version!!

Lyn said...

Marti-
Good to see you again. When I was a kid, my family went up to the mountains for the summer. Mom gave us pails to fill with blueberries, which she put up for the winter. Pies all year! Ahhh...

willow said...

Wonderful words. I think I can smell those peaches.

Lyn said...

Willow-
Thank you..There is something about peaches...I've got some great ginger/peach candles. Very nice!

CLAY said...

That was a very kinetic piece--I actually felt like I was in the narrator's pocket the whole time. Brilliant.

Natalie said...

Eating one now, Lyn! YUM.
Gotta love the southern hemisphere right now. :D

Lyn said...

Clay-
So poetic and more than kind!


Natalie-
You are more than lucky! I can dream, can't I?

Jeane said...

oh, thank you for taking me away to a warm place - loved your poem

Lyn said...

Jeane-
I really need to be whisked away from the winter's chill. Memories will have to do!
Thank you....

Natalie said...

Hi Lyn, Your letter is 'D'. Have fun, leave a link to me, and pass a letter on!
Will enjoy reading what you come up with.

Hugs.xx

Linda S. Socha said...

I can almost smell them! Lovely. I enjoy your work and the feelings it brings
Linda

A Cuban In London said...

This is what I call 'ripe poetry'. It's the type of poetry that melts in your mouth, or alternatively you sink your teeth into its flesh, ripe as a plum, and let your tongue catch its juices, which, by the way, will be running down your chin, tasting like a ripe mango.

Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

Lyn said...

Natalie-
"D" it is. Hmm, now what???...Today, for sure..Thank you!

Linda-
Thank you for your kindness. I love descriptions..I think it's because I'm a visual artist.

A Cuban..
Oh, yes...very nice fruit salad! Awakening the taste buds, thanks..

Poetikat said...

Lyn - Don't forget to do it in poetry - that's the best part!

Kat

Lyn said...

Kat-
Poetry it is!! Thanks...

Mista Jaycee said...

Cool! I like that piece. I published New Vines last year on my blog. Check it out!
Jaycee

Lyn said...

Mista Jaycee-
Thank you, this was fun.
Will look for your New Vines..

Linda S. Socha said...

Oh those photos are so beautiful...I am in a please let spring come soon holding pattern!
took a deep breath and was able to smell the peaches!
LInda

Lyn said...

Linda-
I'm a "spring" maniac too! Thanks for your thoughts.

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