Posted in Fruit, Poetry & Borrowed Words, Pomegranate, tagged Autumn Sacrifice, garden blog, poetry, pomegranate, Punica granatum, Ruth Bavetta, Spillway Magazine on November 25, 2011|
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Ladies and Gentlemen, please help me welcome back our dear friend and talented poet, Ruth Bavetta. Her poem “Autumn Sacrifice”, which originally appeared in Spillway, is the perfect way to show off the first pomegranate to come from my fledgling tree. Thank you again Ruth, for sharing your talent.
...Punica granatum - November 2011
~ By Ruth Bavetta
When I bring the pomegranates into the kitchen,
already my hands are stained with red.
The bruised globes, with their gaping wounds,
ooze crimson onto the white tiles.
The hard dry skins resist my knife.
A slip, and my blood mingles with the fruit’s.
Cooked with sugar, thickened, poured into jars,
the jelly is both sweet and bitter.
(Previously published in Spillway)
...A plate of rubies
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Posted in Favorite Things, Poetry & Borrowed Words, tagged artichokes, arugula, basil, black beauty eggplant, broom, Cardinal Climber, crookneck squash, cucumber, Edna St. Vincent Millay, guara, Heavenly Blue morning glory, Leeks, pole peas, pomegranate, scallop squash, seeds, whirling butterflies, Witch-Wife, zucchini on February 20, 2010|
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She is neither pink nor pale,
And she never will be all mine;
She learned her hands in a fairy-tale,
And her mouth on a valentine.
She has more hair than she needs;
In the sun ’tis a woe to me!
And her voice is a string of colored beads,
Or steps leading into the sea.
She loves me all that she can,
And her ways to my ways resign;
But she was not made for any man,
And she never will be all mine.
~ Edna St. Vincent Millay ~
Seeds planted on 2-17-10
*Giant Musselburg Leeks
*Honey Rock Cantaloupe
*Black Beauty Eggplant
*Bell Pepper (color mix)
*Morning Glory – Heavenly Blue
Seeds planted on 2-18-10
*Regular Ol’ Peas
*White Bush Scallop Squash
*Yellow Crookneck Squash
*What The Hell? (what I call seeds that fell out of packets and ended up in the bottom of the jar…I have no idea what’s what so I put it all in one pot called “what the hell” and watered it)
*uncovered the pomegranate and artichokes which were buried under grass
*put garden soil under the apple tree where I previously dumped too much fireplace ash
*emptied the soil out of the unused pots to let them rinse in the rain
*transplanted the guara (aka “whirling butterflies”) there were three so I replanted two and separated one into two more. I’ll separate the other two next year. These are among my favorites and I like to put them on the back garden wall where they fly around in the breeze and force you to smile even when you don’t feel like it.
set stepping stones at the entrance of the meditation circle (aka wedding chapel) which is now full of overturned planters waiting for the seeds I just planted to mature
Also, I went to ACE Hardware and used my son’s employee discount to get a fabulous new broom with a red wooden handle, using the old one for my Pole Peas
All of this got done by Thursday night, which was perfect since it started raining last night. Now I can relax for the weekend and get my homework and laundry done while it’s raining. New broom, new seeds, fresh rain – I have a lot to celebrate!
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