From Blossoms

POETRY FORMAT, 17 Aug 2020

Li-Young Lee | Poetry Foundation - TRANSCEND Media Service

From blossoms comes
this brown paper bag of peaches
we bought from the boy
at the bend in the road where we turned toward
signs painted Peaches.

From laden boughs, from hands,
from sweet fellowship in the bins,
comes nectar at the roadside, succulent
peaches we devour, dusty skin and all,
comes the familiar dust of summer, dust we eat.

O, to take what we love inside,
to carry within us an orchard, to eat
not only the skin, but the shade,
not only the sugar, but the days, to hold
the fruit in our hands, adore it, then bite into
the round jubilance of peach.

There are days we live
as if death were nowhere
in the background; from joy
to joy to joy, from wing to wing,
from blossom to blossom to
impossible blossom, to sweet impossible blossom.
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Li-Young Lee, “From Blossoms” from Rose. Copyright © 1986 by Li-Young Lee. Reprinted with the permission of BOA Editions Ltd., www.boaeditions.org.

Source: Rose (BOA Editions Ltd., 1986)


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One Response to “From Blossoms”

  1. Gary Steven Corseri says:

    A simple poem, capturing a simple joy of life–ingesting a fruit, ripened to perfection, that lights up the taste-buds. This is a love-poem–not to a human partner, but to life itself. A hopeful poem now…in a dark time….