Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Ode To Fruit

The grape, why does he have no pie?
No crumble, no jam – we must ask why.
‘Moet et Chandon’ his place remaining,
But still his musty taste is waning.
The grapes are quite a fruitful bunch,
Drink liquidized in any lunch,
But still, a pieless sphere is he,
A novice to fruit snobbery.

Or how about the citrus fruit,
The marmalade, their attribute,
But as with grapes, they have no pies,
But on the fish the lemon lies.
So oranges have marmalade,
And lemons have their lemonade,
What’s left for limes now those are taken?
Its dignity is now forsaken.

Or passionfruit, now what a name,
A parvenu to class and fame,
Whose meek shell warns the fruit elite,
To cower from his flesh so sweet.
‘Exotic, yes, but who could care?’
Say passionfruits in mock-despair,
They know what envy they impose,
All other fruits are now their foes.

So why is there no mango crumble,
No starfruit in a pie so humble,
No jams, no curd for those with pride,
Fruit snobbery, how it won’t subside.
A petty thing, is this dispute,
With jam, ham, and passionfruit,
Such hate is felt without our knowing,
In depths of fruitbowls foes are foeing…

The final verse, a legacy,
An end to all fruit snobbery,
Not one can win, these fruits so sage,
Who ripen or mould as they do age.
Self satisfied, I’d like to feel,
A mutual love with rind or peel,
The end draws in to this dispute,
We must just give the ode to fruit.

By L.R. Chapman, 2004


  1. I just wanted to say that I find your writing beatiful, I wish I had such a talent.
    I think your writing in the mists of your eating disorder were incredible.
    Have you now recovered?
    Rachel x

  2. Ahh, thank you so much for that! I really do love writing and I'm glad you can see that :)

    I have now recovered from anorexia, yes, and I am so so thrilled about it. I was a shred of myself when I was ill - being healthy is amazing, nothing compares to it. Lou x

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