“From Blossoms” by Li-Young Lee

From blossoms comes
this brown paper bag of peaches
we bought from the boy
at the bend in the road where we turned toward
signs painted Peaches.
From laden boughs, from hands,
from sweet fellowship in the bins,
comes nectar at the roadside, succulent
peaches we devour, dusty skin and all,
comes the familiar dust of summer, dust we eat.
O, to take what we love inside,
to carry within us an orchard, to eat
not only the skin, but the shade,
not only the sugar, but the days, to hold
the fruit in our hands, adore it, then bite into
the round jubilance of peach.
There are days we live
as if death were nowhere
in the background; from joy
to joy to joy, from wing to wing,
from blossom to blossom to
impossible blossom, to sweet impossible blossom.

xxxxxxx

“From Blossoms” from Rose. Copyright © 1986 by Li-Young Lee.

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5 Responses to “From Blossoms” by Li-Young Lee

  1. Jerome Bloom says:


    OM

    ENSO

    OM

  2. Jerome Bloom says:

    COMMENT

    ON

    JB’S

    PEACH

    AND

    INSECTS

    IMAGE

    AUG 17 11

    8AM WESTGARDEN:

    RECYCLING ROTTEN PEACHES

    HONEY IS BEE VOMIT

    FLIES WORKING

  3. Jerome Bloom says:

    THIS POEM

    ONE
    OF
    BEST
    EVER
    ON
    THIS
    BLOG

    A
    GIFT
    TO
    STRIVE FOR

    THANKS

    Li-YOUNG LEE

    THANKS

    JAN

  4. Wow. Great poem. …from joy to joy to joy.

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