Dahlia Ravikovitch

(November 17, 1936 – August 21, 2005 / Ramat Gan)

The Love of an Orange - Poem by Dahlia Ravikovitch

An orange did love
The man who ate it.
A feast for the eyes
Is a fine repast;
Its heart held fast
His greedy gaze.

A citron did scold:
I am wiser than thou.
A cedar condoled:
Indeed thou shalt die!
And who can revive
A withered bough?

The citron did urge:
O fool, be wise.
The cedar did rage:
Slander and sin!
Repent of thy ways
For a fool I despise.

An orange did love
With life and limb
The man who ate it,
The man who flayed it.

An orange did love
The man who ate it,
To its flayer it brought
Flesh for the teeth.

An orange, consumed
By the man who ate it,
Invaded his skin
To the flesh beneath.


Comments about The Love of an Orange by Dahlia Ravikovitch

  • Shakil Ahmed (11/17/2015 9:15:00 AM)


    nice poem, you have nicely expressed your feelings, i enjoyed reading the poem, thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

    Souren Mondal Souren Mondal (11/18/2015 1:21:00 AM)

    Shakil, for the love of God, you are trying to converse with someone who's been dead in 2005.. I am not sure whether you read the poem, but just look at the 'bio' of the poet before making these comments.. Or look up in your screen beside the name of the poet - their birthdate and the span of their life is stated there...

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, November 17, 2015



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