A Fruity Poem

Why, bananas, are you inherently comical?
Your cartoon strip tease 
your tripping over ease.
Your smile-shaped, cheery demeanour.
It’s hard not to like you.  
Even Bananaman’s foes could never take him seriously.

And the apple.  Oh, apple.  
You are the stuff of legend, Apple.
Why were you so forbidden, you innocent-looking thing?
Your tart tang, your fine cider.
Not only Eve-chosen from the knowledge tree
you helped Newton discover gravity.
You’re a myth-maker, Apple.
Truly, I think you’re hard-core.
I’m probably your biggest fan.

On another note, why is it
every time I cut a watermelon
it becomes art?

© N Nazir 2021

Pulp, digital photograph, © N Nazir 2019
Pulp, digital photograph, © N Nazir 2019



Written for dVerse Poetry Pub prompt, How to Cut a Pomegranate.

The challenge is to think of a fruit, how it looks before and after it has been cut open, and how it tastes.
Think about where and how it grows, and what it makes you think of.
You can explore the fruit in another way and in any form you wish.
Whichever you choose, your poem should appeal to the senses.



64 thoughts on “A Fruity Poem

  1. Okay, I ADORED the wordplay here:

    “You’re a myth-maker, Apple.
    Truly, I think you’re hard-core.
    I’m probably your biggest fan.”

    It made me smile. Also, yeah, watermelons are truly beautiful when split open. One of life’s mysteries, if you ask me. Beautifully penned!

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    1. Oooh, Manja!!! 😂 I beg to differ! I’m on the side of the humble apple! It can flourish anywhere and I can imagine it bobbed in front of Eve’s face and she thought oh that looks juicy, I’ll take a bite! If she found a pomegranate, she’d have to wrestle with it and bash it on a rock or something. Then she might not be in the mood by the time she got in there! 😄 And there would have been no epic bible tale, imagine that?!

      I love the pomegranate and all its Persephone / Hades symbolism, I really do, but it’s like a spoilt princess, all high maintenance and knows its the stuff of fairytales! Oh dear, Manja, you’ve set me off now, I do apologise! 😂

      I shall definitely check out your blog post later ❤️☀️xx

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  2. This is such an enjoyable, humorous, fruity poem, Sunra! I especially love the way you describe bananas, the ‘cartoon strip tease’ and ‘smile-shaped, cheery demeanour’. They are also very handy as they come in their own packaging. You also took the essence of the apple and gave it shape. And you are right about the watermelon – delicious and beautiful.

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    1. Thank you so much, Kim, for your lovely comments, I really appreciate them! ☀️🍌☀️ Bananas are the most self-contained, cheerful fruit indeed! And yes the watermelon is actually my favourite, I love its complementary colours 💕
      Hope you’re well! ☀️

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    1. Hi, K. Hartless! I haven’t no, though I have with pumpkins. I was being a bit of undercover feminist by adding those photos! It just so happens every time I cut a watermelon, they resemble lady parts. 🍉

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  3. sanaarizvi

    Love this especially; “And the apple. Oh, apple. You are the stuff of legend, Apple. Why were you so forbidden, you innocent-looking thing? Your tart tang, your fine cider. Not only Eve-chosen from the knowledge tree, you helped Newton discover gravity.” 😀 Sensational poem! 💝💝

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