Peelings of Poeming

Have you a rhythm or have you a rhyme,
Lemon, grapefruit, orange and lime?
Spells of summer caught in winter’s sigh,
Like falling leaves, little words drift by.

Have you a-teethin’ or have you a time,
Lemon, grapefruit, orange and lime?
Sore and sour with a score of souls,
Pore over poems in ploughed pigeonholes.

Have you a dither or have you a dime,
Lemon, grapefruit, orange and lime?
Never mind these rants and raves—
All but refuse in poetical graves.


Colin Lee


Today, a friend brought me a few oranges (pictured above) fresh from his farm in Jiangxi. The tangy little fruit always reminds me of a fun fact or two: via the conflation of its Sanskrit name with a little town in southern France, the descendent of the Chinese mandarin has lent its hue to the Dutch royal house, their sports and, allegedly, their carrots too; meanwhile, with regard to the fruit itself, the Dutch however came full circle—to the fascination of myself and my countrymen—by calling it the sinaasappel—literally, the Chinese apple. Well, although the Dutch’s neighbours can conveniently call the French fries as frites, I’m not so sure if it’s a good idea for us to do likewise by comparing apples and … Chinese apples.

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  1. Lovely poem, Colin, and lovelier still to see you here! This poem actually fits with my prompt at dVerse to write in a form that uses repetitive lines. Feel free to link it up if you are so inclined! The bar is open until 3pm est Saturday.

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    1. Tremendously lovely to see YOU here, Jilly. And … what are the odds to have randomly written a nonsense piece that coincided with a cleverly prepared prompt? I must link it up right away then. Thanks for reading, my friend. Will have to do the poetry trail after the weekend though. 😛

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    1. I wonder if the cheeky English were making fun of you lot when they opted to say “comparing apples and oranges” while the rest of Europe went on with apples and pears. Hmm.


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