[thechat] God makes Fruit

Judah McAuley judah at wiredotter.com
Fri Oct 4 23:01:07 CDT 2002

While searching for something *completely* different, I came across a
fantastic poem on the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador website.
It's called God makes Fruit.


  David Hickey, St. John's, Title: God Makes Fruit

meanwhile it screws-up with pumpkin —
all the manglings of fruit and a sorry name to boot
but forgives itself this bungling
for the bounty that it’s bundling
in the wild-eyed abundance
of a bunch of a profusion
of its grapes
foil for the fascist apple

orange is a lesson like the red wheelbarrow
is sturdy
is en —

behold! this banana!
sans early drafts and freakish prototypes
we’re frightened in amazement
while surely saddened too
for there’s no limit to its genius
with a periodic table...
and these opposable thumbs... and a face
upon a Warhol ...
no Tyger could come close.

as gods in committee
dream the pomegranate
so that somewhere in our pomegranate
there’s this dream unfertilized...
this passion, an idea, an excuse,

but pear is merely work-a-day — plum
a shallow peach —
peach another version of
the opposite of speech: all woman, all.

and pineapple’s
its view of hell and
it abandoned
it as well.

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