Ripeness is All

August 12th, 2009

“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.”
(excerpt from From Blossoms“)

I thought about this beautiful poem by Li-Young Lee (please read the complete piece!) as I leaned over the kitchen sink biting through burgundy velvet skin into ripe peach flesh, feeling the sticky juice run between my fingers, the stone at the center separate from its nest. When a peach is ready, it can’t be put on hold. It’s now or never. I wish I could as easily squeeze the moments in my life to see if it’s time to act, time to seize an opportunity, time to bite into what life is offering me. Too often, I’ve let a good idea pass its expiration date instead of going for the juice. I love this reminder that now is the time, that life itself is the peach.

One Response to “Ripeness is All”

  1. Allegra Smith says:

    My Grandmam√° used to say when someone was pregnant and wondering about when would the baby be born "Children are like sweet peaches, when they are ripe they will fall". And I share with you the idea of taking a big bite out of life in its full ripeness. May you always have a peach to bite into and may you always find it sweet.
    How is this for a heartfelt wish?