An Evening W/o Articles Or Pronouns

Found ripe LSU gold fig
Bulbous, open slightly
With sweet drip
Dangling there
Slightly sexual

Took in
To wife who washed dishes
Broke fig in half
Put half in wife’s mouth
Went out
Got another fig
Repeated operation
With halves and mouths

Back out
Reached up
Plucked Enterprise apple
Rubbed clear
Took inside
To wife who washed dishes
Announced, “Enterprise”
“From over there?” was asked
“No, from over there” was replied
Gave apple

Wife bothered
Turned off water
Took small bite
Put apple on counter
“Are you going to do what I asked you
Or just go out there and eat fruit?” was asked

Back out
Lifted giant, slightly rotting pumpkin
Carried in arms to porch
Placed pumpkin in shady porch corner
Took wheelbarrow
Loaded two more giant pumpkins (these not rotting)
Parked wheelbarrow on porch
One asked thing done

Dragged chicken trailer across orchard
Son who swam came
Helped to push
Up little hill
Parked trailer next to chestnut tree
Two asked things done

Chickens accustomed to east side of orchard
Wary of west side of orchard
Stragglers chased, trapped, grabbed
Carried to chicken trailer
Occasionally upside down

Baldfaced hornet eating Korean giant pear
Brushed away
Pear plucked and given
To wife who walked back from pigs
Already Asian pear in hand
Someone had left on limestone bench

Tightened trellis over patio with
Wife who stood on picnic table
Where maypops and hardy kiwi climb
Three asked things done

Watered pots
Watered figs
Watered maypops

Went in
Watched Ian Wright who traveled Iran

Painting: Traditional Folk, Artist Unknown


11 thoughts on “An Evening W/o Articles Or Pronouns”

    1. Usually when you wish a person acted certain way toward you the best thing is to be that way toward them. But I’m not sure how such advice would work out in your case. 😉 Anyway, It works when you want someone to like you most of the time.

      1. Maybe I should rethink my statement. It has been quite fortunate that she is patient.
        I like “It works when you want someone to like you most of the time.” Makes me smile.

  1. Wow. Nice. Forbidden Fruits of garden of Eden they say were figs. I sneaked a couple Chicago hardy figs all ripe to capacity at our local nursery. I just walk through orchards old and new looking for free fruit. So good for you to be sharing fruits of your labor. ❤

    1. We shared some chicago hardys today. And I gave my figs a big haircut so that they’d concentrate on ripening out their fruit instead of growing so much foliage. Hope it works.

      1. Ours (from Brambleberry) are seemingly just hanging on. No new leaves since spring, but the few they have are green. Maybe it’s just concentrating on roots this first year in the ground.

      2. Yeah, my mom had them inside for me this past winter, before we planted them late spring. Then a few days after they were planted, it came a big windstorm, and I couldn’t protect it from the wind; everything blew away. They both lost all their leaves, a month later grew them back, but haven’t done much since.

      3. Well, they probably need to take their sweet time to recover from the damage. Maybe fertilize (nitrogen/blood meal in spring, phosphorus in fall) and def protect from cold/wind and mulch mulch mulch. In July we had 3 crazy hailstorms, and one was so bad, it took many trees and branches down in the neighborhood and completely pulverized my vegetables. What was left of tomatoes were just bare stems. I pulled them all out but two, and just now, 2 months later one is starting to recover and got some leaves back and a couple of blossoms. Growing here is like some extreme sport. You need a jackhammer to dig into alkaline rock, then no rain for 4 months, zero soil of any kind, June frosts and extreme heat, and drying winds and hail. My friend loses half or more of his trees that he plants. Still, he keeps planting. I hear those stories of people planting forests in deserts, and scratch my head… But figs grow well here, and I am blessed to have fresh locally grown fruit here all year, with citrus season being at peak in winter in Phoenix and Tucson.

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