Elena Plotkin


Banana - Poem by Elena Plotkin

I grew up with a bunch of others,
Just me with my sisters and brothers.
When I was younger, I was green and tough,
But as I grew older, I discovered life could be rough.
I changed and grew softer, some called me yellow.
But I was no coward, just a very cautious fellow.
Because where I come from you never know the day,
That your whole family gets eaten or just carted away.


Poet's Notes about The Poem

(C) 2013 Copyright Elena Plotkin

Comments about Banana by Elena Plotkin

  • Rookie - 8 Points Alexander Levitin (5/9/2015 7:05:00 PM)

    We like this poem alot! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

    1 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Bronze Star - 2,592 Points Clarence Prince (5/8/2015 2:25:00 PM)

    You never know the day
    you might cart away or get eaten
    just like a bunch of banana!
    Very funny! (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,250 Points Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (5/8/2015 1:59:00 PM)

    A masterful metaphor that is loaded with lessons for living! Well done and congrats! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 5,280 Points Mj Lemon (5/8/2015 1:37:00 PM)

    This is a magnificent poem...so lyrical, and that extended metaphor holds so much truth. Congratulations on Poem of the Day! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 8,827 Points Geetha Jayakumar (5/8/2015 12:12:00 PM)

    A Beautiful poem with in depth meaning, Elena. One day a fruit will ripe and had its last fall. So many seasonal changes the fruit has to undergo before it lasts, finally it become so soft, as soft as infant. This is the meaning of life too.
    Congrats for the well deserved poem of the day. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 15,373 Points Kim Barney (5/8/2015 6:28:00 AM)

    A delightful poem. Wonderfully written. Another to add to my favorites list, after which I'm going to go eat one of those ripe bananas sitting on my counter. (At least they were sitting when I left them, but when they hear me coming they may be standing up ready to run.) (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 8,468 Points Jayatissa K. Liyanage (5/8/2015 4:59:00 AM)

    its as sweet as a banana itself. Worth munching one, for what ever one feels. Enjoyed. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,518 Points Jasbir Chatterjee (5/8/2015 3:22:00 AM)

    lovely poem, makes a good read.. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,518 Points Jasbir Chatterjee (5/8/2015 3:19:00 AM)

    lovely poem; deserves to be poem of the day. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,518 Points Jasbir Chatterjee (5/8/2015 3:17:00 AM)

    Wow, it's a lovely poem and certainly deserves to be poem of the day today. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 846 Points Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (5/8/2015 1:28:00 AM)

    When the time is ripe
    Our lives shall sweeten
    Which like the banana
    Must then be sadly eaten.....

    Good poem and I invite all to my page too...... (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 12,994 Points Kelly Kurt (5/8/2015 1:16:00 AM)

    ! : -) (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,338 Points Stephen Katona (10/28/2014 11:10:00 AM)

    So funny. I shall share this with a few friends. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 8,667 Points Bri Edwards (7/9/2014 12:19:00 AM)

    i see i already commented on this one over six months ago. for you food-lovers (especially of bananas) here are two poems i wrote which you are welcome to nibble at. hi elena! :) bri

    Stepping Out Of The Box....... [food fantasy; HUMOR; MEDIUM; immigration troubles]

    We've Gone Bananas This Week......[Fruit; Groceries; Personal] (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 108 Points Brian Jani (6/23/2014 4:22:00 PM)

    To understand a banana you have to be a banan and here you realy took the form of a banana, splend work here (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 8,667 Points Bri Edwards (12/29/2013 4:15:00 PM)

    elena, i've had a craving for just such a poem today! thanks for satisfying me. to MyPoemList it goes!
    today a ph friend informed me that he is quitting the site due to lack of comments (good or bad) on his poems. it made me a little nervous, and that is one reason i have looked at one of yours now. but i guess you don't lack for comments, so i'll move to another poet who may be more needy! thanks for sharing. (could i watch when you are peeled? ; it is bound to happen some day!) tee hee bri :) AND can you do a banana split? ? ? i'd better watch myself. i feel i'm approaching a slippery slope. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 8,525 Points Khairul Ahsan (12/11/2013 11:53:00 PM)

    Hi Elena,
    Your 'Banana'
    Is a wonderful write,
    A matter of delight!
    Gets 10/10 alright. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 8,525 Points Khairul Ahsan (12/11/2013 11:51:00 PM)

    Hi Elena,
    Your 'Banana'
    Is a wonderful write,
    A matter of delight!
    Gets 10/10 alright. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 17,142 Points Sandra Feldman (12/10/2013 3:37:00 PM)

    So adorable and well written. I loved the clever way that you present the change in color of the fruit with the change that takes place as a person grows up and matures. The ending is superb, a family that gets eaten or crated away When I saw the title, I was curious, what could be written about a Banana, unless you work for
    Chiquita, my curiosity was strong, I'm so glad my curiosity guided me! I'm still smiling...... (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 17,142 Points Sandra Feldman (12/10/2013 3:20:00 PM)

    As cute as cute can be
    Makes you want to buy,
    A banana tree.

    I smiled,
    All the reading way
    It made me feel
    Happy and Gay
    And I have been sooo depressed. Thanks for the delightful rhymes and good humor (Report) Reply

Read all 20 comments »




Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?



Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Poem Edited: Thursday, March 6, 2014


[Hata Bildir]