7.16.2007


Peaches

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.

14 comments :

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

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

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  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.

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  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!

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

    LaTeaDah

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

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  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

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  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!

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

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  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.

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

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

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  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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