A mouthful of language to swallow:
stretches of beach, sweet clinches,
breaches in walls, pleached branches;
britches hauled over haunches;
hunched leeches, wrenched teachers.
What English can do: ransack
the warmth that chuckles beneath
fuzzed surfaces, smooth velvet
richness, plashy juices.
I beseech you, peach,
clench me into the sweetness
of your reaches.
-Peter Davison
Beautiful words for a juicy, delicious subject.


  1. Wow! Another fantastic picture! Makes my mouth water!

  2. Yes, we can all look forward to peach season soon!

  3. mmm... peach pie! The peach crop isn't expected to be very good around here this year due to a cold spring and dry summer. I might wind up buying peaches at the supermarket, just to have peach pie.

  4. Did you ever hear the Presidents of the United States' song "Peaches"? It came out when I was in high school and I loved it.

    Off-topic: I loved "Digging For Keys." Beautiful! Made me think of my Grandma's craft store. I just loved to look for treasures in the backroom of her store. She saves everything and I was always finding the kinds of odds and ends you described. Beautiful!

  5. Please visit Gracious Hospitality when you have time. You have been awarded The Reflective Blogger Award. Thank you for blessing my life!


  6. Yum!
    I was just reminscing the other day about the first local farm stand peaches I bought several years set the bar really high for any peaches since...

  7. Peaches :D

    Thank you for all the well wishes! I haven't read eat, pray, love yet, but its on my mile long book list now!

    Jolly Ranchers are the best and bribery doesn't hurt anybody, right? :P

  8. Janet: I agree, there is nothing like fresh peach pie!
    MD: I haven't heard that song. I will have to find it online. when I hear RP read my poem, it doesn't even seem like it is mine. The idea came from those treasures like you spoke of in the craft store.
    LaTeaDah: As I said on your blog, thanks so much for the award.
    Tori: The same think
    happened to me. They were huge, juicy peaches. I hate bad peaches. ):
    Ah Ashley... it sounds like we both have a long list of books to read. I used to love to stay up late into the night when I was younger. Now I fall asleep. Darn!

  9. This just makes me want to drop my cup of tea and write poetry about produce.

  10. I agree Colleen. I had worked with a writer last year and she had her college students do just that. I heard a beautiful piece just on apricots.

  11. I love peaches and I love the sounds in this poem.

  12. The word play and sounds in this peach piece are priceless! My mouth waters.

  13. Crafty: I love the sounds also. I love exploring sounds in poetry.
    Welcome tumblewords: It does make you want to eat a peach doesn't it?


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