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Fried Green Spinach

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('Kings Prefer Cheese Over Fried Green Spinach')

Walking in the bush, late in the afternoon: Spring winding trails
Among Plantae et Animalia.
An independent world —Sort of realm of alien species
Welcomes your senses with a storm of small flies (genus Drosophila)
Which playfully floods the air, all of a sudden, humming
Around and annoying each other like microscopic crazy drones.

In a clearing, from upon a large fig tree recalling to mind Buddha's

Sacred one, or better the ones from the Bible —Ficus carica
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Fried Green Spinach
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Topic(s) of this poem: nature
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[author's notes: ]

1. About the title: [Kings Prefer Cheese Over Fried Green Spinach] it is a sentence used by British students to remember the taxonomic categories in biology [: Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species].

2. Buddha achieved enlightenment under a large and old sacred fig tree (Ficus religiosa) .

3. '.. each man under his own vine and fig tree..' (Bible, Kings 4: 25)

4. 'The Expulsion from the Garden of Eden', fresco by Masaccio dated 1424-1425, Brancacci Chapel, church of Santa Maria del Carmine, Florence — Cosimo III de' Medici (1642-1723) , three centuries after the fresco was painted, ordered that fig leaves be added to conceal the genitals of the figures [they were removed in the 1980s when the painting was fully restored].


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Bri Edwards 08 August 2019

why didn't they restore the angel, back to angelic nakedness? K P i give up. i'll read another from you. bri ;) C O F G S

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Mj Lemon 11 March 2017

There is a wonderful quality to this poem....there's something that carries the reader between consciousness and the dream state. As we are lulled to sleep, we often experience rather vivid, often unpleasant images....but that is nature, part of life. It's that state, that twilight, you capture here. An amazing poem. A 10.

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Fabrizio Frosini 25 March 2017

it's very kind of you! thanks so much for your words. Peace

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Margarita Cortès-borrero 15 November 2015

Wow you are a great writer, what a great descriptive poem!

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Fabrizio Frosini 15 November 2015

truly kind, very kind, words.. thank you so much, Margarita

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Simone Inez Harriman 31 October 2015

WOW. I love your poem Fabrizio. Certainly food for thought. Many humans do not like vivid graphic images of mortality and it's entailing unpleasantness of decay. They prefer to see only the shiny side of the coin. I see both as a consequence of life on earth.

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Fabrizio Frosini 01 November 2015

Simone! always a pleasure hearing from you.. thank you for your comment. Be blessed!

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Mannah Shekh 12 October 2015

I read this poem there times and I realized it a amazing poem.. Thank you dear poet :)

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Fabrizio Frosini 12 October 2015

molte grazie, cara Manna.. thank you very much, dear Manna Cheers

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Pamela Sinicrope 12 September 2015

This was kind of amazing. I love the mix of poetry and science and how your experience must affect how you personally view the world. I love nature poetry and the interaction across KPCOFGS... Your notes were helpful as well. Allot of depth here and just beauty in the words themselves and the imagery... Yes.. It was beautiful or at least natural and real...even the maggots! Oh... And BTW... Viva Italia... Pennetta and Vinci made me smile too.

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Fabrizio Frosini 13 September 2015

oh, dear Pamela, thank you so much! You've left me wordless.. GRAZIE!

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Thought-inciting poem. Love how you combine words: Cheerful and melodious warble, sounds very musical. Also love the line: independent world- realm of alien species. You can interpret that in various ways. Enjoyed the poem. Excellent.

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Fabrizio Frosini 25 August 2015

it's very kind of you, dear Birgitta. Grazie!

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Diane Hine 24 January 2015

In the bible story, we traded paradise for knowledge. Knowledge is cleverly represented in your poem by including all the relevant taxonomies. Thanks for mnemonic, which I'd never heard of. I made up my own once (kangaroo poo contains over forty grass species) but your version is more poetic. I like the poem - very original.

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Daniel Brick 28 December 2014

Two things up front - I really love Masaccio's EXPLUSION - the sheer grief of Adam and Eve he captures should melt the heart of any divine being. But alas, justice trumps mercy. Second, this is a clever, witty poem. And I can completely understand that flight from the GARDEN environment because the WHOLE CYCLE OF NATURE includes birth - growth - maturity (no problems so far, but then -) - decay - dissolution - death. It's those last three after the arc that makes us squeamish and flee the stench and ruin of what earlier in its life's arc was lovely. As T, S, Eliot put in one of his poems, HUMANKIND CANNOT BEAR TOO MUCH REALITY. Amen to that.

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S.zaynab Kamoonpuri 26 December 2014

Wow wow this is a chêf d'oeuvre! Par excellence in terminology, an intellectual poem ah! I admire how u employd the garden of Eden in it and the last line is also great. I hope u got my poem mail xmas greet reply.

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