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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Fruit (10/10/05)

TITLE: Quest in the Orchard
By Ann Grover


Among the orchard dwellers, once,
There arose an urgent quest
Which fruit was most beautiful,
The tastiest, and the best?

The apple brought the question
Of beauty to the fore,
Quite certain that his waxy sheen
Meant delicious to the core.

The pear added quietly
And blushed just a tiny bit,
“I think I have the sweetest taste,
And, besides, I have true grit.”

The plum replied, with flirty cheek,
“I’m a taste of pure delight.
Please, kiss my face, and you will find.
Honeyed nectar in each bite“

“Pshaw!” said the apple to the plum.
You’re a Damson in distress.
Whenever faced with pressing times,
You’re just jelly, and no less.”

The honeydew was overworked
He’d no time to chat and rest.
Nevertheless, he was convinced
His rotundness made him blessed.

The cherries bobbed in cheery song
Bright red baubles on the tree.
But someone mentioned hidden pips,
Casting shadow on their glee.

The rouged-red peach persuaded
In sultry, dripping tones,
Was reminded of her clingy ways,
And, again, the secret stones.

The cantaloupe sighed and rolled away
With a melancholy air,
Coral depths, smooth and succulent,
Yet he’s shyly unaware.

The bananas, an appealing bunch,
Gave assent to every word.
Their opinion slipped, side to side,
Swayed by every voice they heard.

“Look at girth!” Watermelon spoke.
“I’m the greatest, I’m afraid.”
Said Grape, “A seedy fellow you are,
Idling too long in the shade.”

A chorus ensued; clustered grapes
All whined in one accord.
“Consider us, our choice bouquet,
The finest vintage ever poured!”

The orange didn’t join the fray.
His own navel held his gaze.
He believed a day without his juice
Was a day without Sun’s rays.

The bright berries, soft and mellow,
Nodded gently in the breeze,
Their tender and quiet presence
No match for the laden trees.

Arrived the day for which they longed!
A rich harvest from each vine,
Each branch, each stalk, each leafy stem,
Abundant, blessed, divine.

Each piece of fruit was cleaved away
From hardened. concealed hearts
Rugged rinds and skins, peeled and pared,
To reveal the choicest parts.

All sliced together, a salad,
Flavours mingle, simple, fair,
A symphony of taste and colour
No contest, but pleased to share.

The orchard chorus is silent.
As voices cease their quest.
And instead, a blended medley,
Compliments each other’s best.

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Amy Michelle Wiley 10/17/05
Wow. That was awesome. I wouldn't be surprised to see this one in the winners list. Possibaly a little long, but what a charming poem with a timely message.
janet rubin10/18/05
Yes I liked this. I too, would cut it down a bit, but loved your descriptions and ending!
Suzanne R10/20/05
I think this is SO clever! You've given them each such perfect-for-the-fruit personalities, and I love the fruit-salad ending! The only thing that I didn't see that I always put in a fruit salad was pineapple. Prickly - sharp tongue - look, you've got me going now too! Well done!
Laurie Glass 10/21/05
Giving each fruit a personality - that's great. Nice poem that you obviously worked hard to create.
Anita Neuman10/21/05
I love this! A unique idea, full of humour, a subtle (yet poignant) message. GREAT JOB!
Garnet Miller 10/22/05
What a beautiful poem. We can be lovely alone, but when we work together we can really produce abundant fruity goodness. Thanks:)
Melanie Kerr 10/22/05
An absolutely delightful romp in the orchard. I loved the damson in distress line. The ending - fruit salad - was good. Well done. Lost the rhythm on occasion.
D. Phenes10/23/05
Never saw the fruit salad coming..just was enjoying the debate for each fruit's worthiness. wow..
Linda Watson Owen10/23/05
What a delightful, wise, and just plain 'fun' read! so cute!!