Happy Friday!

There is something about watermelon that just reminds of us of summer, isn't it? I'm looking forward to a lazy summer weekend by the pool and lots of watermelon.  Last night I was actually able to get some household chores behind me and I finished "The Glass House," so I'm ready for some more quick reads this weekend too.  By the way, I love this poem by John Tobias; it such a good reminder of how precious summer and life is. I hope you have a lovely weekend and enjoy every moment.


Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle Received from a Friend Called Felicity

During that summer
When unicorns were still possible;
When the purpose of knees
Was to be skinned;
When shiny horse chestnuts
    (Hollowed out
    Fitted with straws
    Crammed with tobacco
    Stolen from butts
    In family ashtrays)
Were puffed in green lizard silence
While straddling thick branches
Far above and away
From the softening effects
Of civilization;
During that summer--
Which may never have been at all;
But which has become more real
Than the one that was--
Watermelons ruled.
Thick imperial slices
Melting frigidly on sun-parched tongues
Dribbling from chins;
Leaving the best part,
The black bullet seeds,
To be spit out in rapid fire
Against the wall
Against the wind
Against each other;
And when the ammunition was spent,
There was always another bite:
It was a summer of limitless bites,
Of hungers quickly felt
And quickly forgotten
With the next careless gorging.
The bites are fewer now.
Each one is savored lingeringly,
Swallowed reluctantly.
But in a jar put up by Felicity,
The summer which maybe never was
Has been captured and preserved.
And when we unscrew the lid
And slice off a piece
And let it linger on our tongue:
Unicorns become possible again.
John Tobias


P*P*P said...

Love this post! Awesome poem...truly summer! :)

miss b said...

So true - watermelons and this lovely poem really do bring back memories of summer - not quite summer weather here in the UK even if it is June!!

Adam said...

nice poem

Jax said...

Watermelon is one of my favorite fruits when it is firm and sweet! Oh so yum yum and you're right, the perfect summer fruit!!

Emily | Recently said...

We had our first watermelon of the summer this weekend and it was wonderful. You know, after reading that poem I'm realizing that with all the seedless watermelons out now, my kids probably won't get the experience of spitting out the seeds!