Fruits Of Summer

Pomegranates and oranges
My favourite summer fruits

For three years, in my village, there used to be a shortage of these two fruits
and we were only allowed one fruit a day
But I liked the taste of pomegranates after stripping the oranges of their shields
So I found a piece of land, hidden in the space in between 2 valleys
And I grew as many pomegranates and oranges as I could

First-year - no yield, crops died
The drought meant I had to carry water up and down the valleys more than once every day
It was tiresome and I just wanted to enjoy the fruits of summer
Second year - very low yield didn't hold me up till the end of summer
Moving the crops to an area closer to water, meant that I didn't have to carry as much water as often as I would have had otherwise
In the third year - the ban was lifted and my yield was good enough to enjoy the fruits all year round
Lastly, because the ban was lifted, I was able to grow these fruits in a close-by garden

In three years, I found that green tips grew on the calluses of my palms and soles
And the fruits found a way to slither around my body and turn me into a tree.

Eliah Leon
(C) All Rights Reserved. Poem Submitted on 03/14/2023

Poet's note: Sometimes harsh conditions kill but other times it is actually the way we strategise and take care of what we are trying to grow and whilst we are figuring out how to take care of things, it is okay to wait, and fail and wait some more But not trying at all is unfair to our hearts which want to give so many things a go.
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