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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Taste (07/15/10)

TITLE: Sweet Abandon
By Emily Gibson
07/20/10


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Only a few yards
from the old homestead foundation
of partially buried cement chunks
now covered with sod-

An ancient cherry tree
leans to the south,
the northern half bare, the other half
bears heavily its century old promises.

Among the orchard lifeblood of this farm,
this tree’s fruit was picked by ladder, dew-freshened
at dawn on June mornings, to travel for hours
by horse drawn wagon to farmers’ market in town by lunch.

Once grandly touching the sky, this tree now broken,
kisses the ground in gentle sweeping caress,
nearly forgotten year round until
this summer week of fruitful surrender.

Already dying and collapsed, but not quite lost,
its roots plunge deep for one more season;
this faithful cherry buds again with fragrant blooms
arising from gnarled knots

To yield bite size glory on crooked branches,
amber globes that glisten with rosy sheen,
clinging tightly in clusters that dangle
from lichen patched limbs.

Soon gathered heaping in deep bowls of golden trove,
to celebrate the freeing burst of captive juice,
its nectar savored and pit discarded,
an unforgotten legacy of a tree's sweet abandon.


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Verna Cole Mitchell 07/23/10
Wonderful description makes your poem shine.
Laury Hubrich 07/25/10
Perfect title. :)
Linda Germain 07/25/10
Delicious perfection! Loved it.
AnneRene' Capp 07/25/10
Well, this may sound just a tad odd, but this felt romantically sad to me. I actually felt sorry for this faithful servant of the earth. Excellent poem!
Linda Payne07/26/10
I loved this. Your descriptions were exquisite. It probably helps that I love! cherries. Seriously, though, this is beautiful.
Christina Banks 07/26/10
Love the title! My grandmother had an old cherry tree just like the one you described.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/26/10
This reminds me of the cherry tree that was in my back yard as a child. I was so sad when it finally gave up the fight and stopped producing the wonderful fruit. Thank you for a nice trek into my childhood that I had totally forgotten until I read your words.
Angela M. Baker-Bridge07/29/10
Congratulations! Really enjoyed this.
Beth LaBuff 07/29/10
Beautiful word pictures, Emily! You made me homesick! Congratulations on your 3rd place Editor's Choice!!