Quince Essential

I am the ancient symbol of Aphrodite,
who nibbled me to perfume her kiss
and duly seal her married bliss.

I am sexily pear-shaped and aromatic;
in spring my robes of pink flowers unfold,
while autumn’s scented orbs are gold.

I am a pome, a love song or a poem, 
the original temptation in the garden of Eden,
not an earthy apple, but a quince from heaven. 

I am a quintessential beauty,
beneath which lovers once spent hours; 
these days, they find my flesh hard and sour.

But wait! I am amenable to being made
Into jelly, jam and marmalade.

Kim M. Russell, 20th April 2022

sunshine through branches
glints off pendulous quinces
a floodlight of fruit

Two-thirds of the way through NaPoWriMo 2022 and, on day 20, we are writing poems that anthropomorphize a kind of food: a favourite food, or maybe one we feel conflicted about. There is a quince tree in our garden; some years she bears blossom and fruit, others she does not and appears to have a mind of her own. This year, there was an abundance of blossom, and she is currently covered in beautiful green leaves. Let’s hope for a bumper crop! The photograph is from the first year of the pandemic, when most of the fruit landed on the other side of the fence in our neighbours’ garden – yes, she is a fickle tree!

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