Kathy Riordan

Kathy Riordan
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JANUARY 22, 2013 8:51PM

Pomegranate

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It was the first thing I never had

First since Eve

Not an apple at all really

That thing they held in the bleachers in school

During cold football games in Wyoming

Maybe a nickel then, maybe fifteen cents

I don't know

 

I could never figure out how people peeled them.  Or ate them

Or what was the point of the seeds

What was the appeal of the great pomegranate

I didn't know

 

It had no particular beauty that should attract it

No ease of access, no special grace

No merit that should bring it to child or bleacher

Then, or now

But there it was

 

It hangs on my tree now,

Like Eve's

Not an apple

But finally

Tasted. 

 

Picture 46 

detail, Madonna of the Pomegranate by Sandro Botticelli, c. 1487, Uffizi Gallery, Florence

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"It was the first thing I never had"

It's a beautiful but baffling fruit.
Something we had during certain Jewish Holidays. I can't remember which. But they were prized. Juice stains. Now my husband enjoys the juice mixed with an bit of vodka.
They have to be eaten in direct sunlight. Illusive fruits. Loved your poem.
i've yet to eat [pomegranate]; the juice i've drank and enjoy. such a weird fruit.
When you suck the juice off the seeds it's delicious, but I'm never sure if I'm supposed to eat the seeds.
All those seeds. Don't eat the seeds, Christine.

I love this sweet meditation, Kathy.
I love that you can taste the fruit without the sin.
Interesting thoughts about the fruit, who would have thought something to do with football bleacher. The mind carries many meanings.
They're mentioned in the Iliad. Our eighth grade teacher brought one in and demonstrated how to eat them when she was trying to get us to read Homer.
Peel a pomegranate while it's immersed in a bowl of water - that minimizes the juice escaping where it's not wanted and the seeds let go more easily.

There must be a deeper layer of meaning here to this peeling of pomegranates while they're immersed in water, no doubt, some analogy that rings true to a more poetic soul, a better wordsmith, than I....

I enjoyed this poem very much. I find pomegranate seeds incredibly beautiful, especially in the sunlight, as Zanelle mentions.
strange that fruit should be "in the air", so to speak
yesterday I had a rose apple. do you know these?
i hadn't had one for many a year, hard to come by, even in my clime
or perhaps it's just city living, not a particularly planted tree, too big for most backyards.
pomegranates i've known, first as Persephone's downfall, such a sad destiny for such luxurious, beautiful fruit. my mother has a tree herself, my daughter, beautiful as Persephone was, eats pomegranates with glee
During a trip to Turkey I had pomegranate juice. The vendors had special pomegranate-juicing machines. And it was heavenly nectar. But as the fruit? - frustrating...
I hate pomegranites (I can't deal with the texture) but I love this poetic musing about them!
...sorry, apparently I don't like the real spelling of "pomegranate", either....
I love Pomegranites. They are esp a great anti oxidant. You can get an 8 oz glass of freshly squeezed juice here for about 2.50
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Granada... that's what I thought pomegranates were, having never learned their English name until years after I fell in love with the juicy, embarrassingly red fruit on a study abroad trip to Seville, Spain. Now I've gotten my 5-year old addicted too and am oh so happy they are in most grocery stores these days... Loved this post.

PS I always eat the seeds and thus far no ill effects.