So many, mock me in their ripening, Their abundance – singly, in clusters Of twos and threes – bold as nothing Else to see, their globes of colour Assertions of coming juice and flesh Peeled in sweet refreshment. And this Fecundity no more than the given outcome Of species, earth and air in seasonality. And… The post The Oranges: A Poem appeared first on VoegelinView.

So many, mock me in their ripening,

Their abundance – singly, in clusters

Of twos and threes – bold as nothing

Else to see, their globes of colour

Assertions of coming juice and flesh

Peeled in sweet refreshment. And this

Fecundity no more than the given outcome

Of species, earth and air in seasonality.
And while these plump within their skins,

To the north, at the foot of the garden,

The thinning leaves of the maple tree

Drift to ground – shivering in loosening,

In their fall, and – lit in momentary

Sunlight – as bright a yellow, orange,

As the fruit, before dull brown loss

In growing piles amid thick, wet grass:
It is the oranges that hurt, hanging and

Glowing in admonishment, loud avowal

Of waste, insufficiency, nonfulfillment,

In my own workings, my achievement:

In what soils are my roots watered? What

Benefit of light, what nourishment gleaned

From air, but the given to, the taken by,

This growth in its luxuriance, its decay?
I have fed from the least of sustenance,

On the available obvious, as if I too

Were fixed in earth, mere mechanism

Of materiality, of growing: and all the time

In my reach has been another succour,

Elemental to my becoming, to my being,

Through which – though fruit, leaves,

Trees decay – there is no living wastage.

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