Treasure Island

Clarence Prince

(September 14 / Jamaica W1)

The Sour Lemon Tree


A sour lemon tree flower attracts the bee
While its fruit is bitter not so its flower
White is its flower sweet and very pretty
Only the fruit is bitter and that's just a pity
As the beauty of its flower resist not a bee
It's the simple truth
Or see the sour lemon tree

With fruit that is bitter bears a lemon tree
But useful is its fruit good for everyday use
Once said a bee... your flower is very sweet
It carries fragrance scented out in the street
Yet bears you fruit bitter no one wants to eat
It's partly the truth
Or see the sour lemon tree

A citrus tree with fruit no other tree bears
Then out of the tree came a nice neat voice
'Twas like a voice of one who's very wise
This is what it said trees are not so free
One made a decree for every bearing tree
It's partly the truth
Or see the sour lemon tree

The Creator decides the fruit a tree bears
Whether it be bitter or whether it be sweet
The Creator decrees for every bearing tree
To bring forth fruit ordained for it to bear
Then sweet or bitter bears a tree its fruit
It's the simple truth
Or see the sour lemon tree.

Submitted: Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Edited: Friday, July 30, 2010

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  • Sidi Mahtrow (11/3/2010 7:37:00 AM)

    A small gnat carries along a bacteria
    That causes a grower's histeria
    For the tree once infected will be its demise
    Yielding a fruit that's bitter and srunken in size.

    So maybe its God's plan?
    To try the patience of man
    To see if he is willing to make amend
    And spray on the pesticides that means the gnat's end. (Report) Reply

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