Peach blossoms herald the arrival of spring. Each of these blossoms will yield a peach.

Sometimes our gardens are more than just havens of beauty.  Sometimes they also give food, nurturing and life lessons to the world around us! 

This wonderful poem by Li-Young Lee celebrates the profound meaning of peaches – from blossom to fruit to holding it in our hands, to taking that first juicy, succulent bite.  

This poem, like most poems, is best read out loud, to fully experience the “round jubilance of peach”.  



From Blossoms

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.

Peach Orchard by Canadian artist Kim Rempel

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.

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