Eating Cherries

by dollwithafrown   Jun 17, 2012


We eat cherries together,
squatting like birds among the branches
of a shea tree that smells like cucumbers
and makes me feel at home.

We spit the stones in each others faces,
giggling fanatically;
innocence that I'm just not ready to lose.
My scabs are childlike, my bruises still don't scar;
I'm not ready for tomorrow's windstorm.

You hug me close to calm the goosebumps
that line my purple skin.
You smell of adventure and dirt
and momma's lemonade,
and I want to hug you until you can't breath --

suck the life out of us
so we'll remain this fresh forever.

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  • 5 years ago

    by Maple Tree

    This poem is such a peaceful delight- Its creativity has left me speechless.
    The first stanza is such a powerful start, it's the smells and comforts of home...the word usage is very refreshing... Very talented writer! I could smell the cucumber while reading...
    "tomorrows windstorm" is such an awesome way to describe growing older.... and again the word display of child innocence is just wonderful!
    To stay young and feel the freshness of childhood... I felt like this was written for a child hood friend, or sibling... either way... I adored this poem immensely!! Well done Dollwithafrown

  • 5 years ago

    by Colm

    Really nice poem that kind-of reminded me of in the film Forest Gump when young Forest and Jenny were like 'peas and carrots' playing by the tree. It portrays innocence and playfulness well, but isn't shallow in that regard: there is a sense of something deeper, a desire to remain this way. There are sad undertones too as you are aware that you probably can't remain this way forever, and the hug is an attempt in a way to store the moment as a memory for the future when times will not be so good or simple. You aren't just describing a set of images but painting a nostalgic type picture that readers can relate to. 'You smell of adventure and dirt,' - One of my favourite lines. Well done

  • 5 years ago

    by Paul Gondwe

    Very unique and original. This piece is wonderful, well written.

  • 5 years ago

    by Steven Beesley

    This is so refreshing to read and I like the diction choosen. It is certainly different in style from other poetry I have read and is very original in content.

    Very enjoyable read, well done!

  • 5 years ago

    by Saerelune

    You never fail to portray simplicity, whether it's qua content, diction or tone. I could surely imagine two childhood friends doing this.

    "I'm not ready for tomorrow's windstorm."
    ^ This makes me think, maybe it's about adulthood? You surely must be at a point in life where you're pondering too much about the future. :)

    I don't have much to say about this. Not that I can ever utter a lot of words under the spell of YOUR words. Your poetry is just so fresh, honest, and different. Usually we either let the honesty outweigh the freshness/originality, or vice versa, but you always manage to balance it very well. I look forward to reading much more now you're back!

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