Charles Chaim Wax

Excelling All Other Bliss - Poem by Charles Chaim Wax

I came upon a black walnut tree
and searched high the branches
for perfumed green fruit
which surrounded
a hard particle of the tree’s
but I didn’t spot any
so I searched the ground
where many were embedded
in the grass
but not green anymore—
dark brown
and had begun
to rot. I knelt
plucking one
no trace of exquisite essence
the skin emanated
at birth
only decaying fruit
dwelling in
my hand
to liberate
the seed
to dig a hole
dropping in the kernel
completing the miracle of
perpetual transformation
even though
most certainly
I’d be dead
the scented fruit
swayed in a summer breeze
a gift
for all
upon this ground
I now
briefly inhabited.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, October 26, 2005

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