Thursday, August 15, 2019
On the edge of Pawpaw's river property
stood a gnarled persimmon tree
we thought would wither and die
but green then gold flowers came.
The gnarled persimmon tree stood,
brought forth shiny-skinned fruit
from green then gold flowers they came
to gather after first sign of frost.
The shiny-skinned fruit came forth
enough for a wicker basketful
gathered after first frost,
sweetening the once-puckery fruit.
Enough for a wicker basketful,
enough to scoop out for pudding,
sweet now, this once-puckery fruit
gathered on Pawpaw's land.
The flesh scooped out for pudding
also good out of hand
gathered on Pawpaw's land
now cleared where the river ran.
The snow is almost gone but for patches that want to see the red buds of maples on the hillsides: the sign of ending and beginning. The chan...