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Festering Fruit

by Heather Hubler 22 days ago in sad poetry
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no more ripe banana

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This was written for a Vocal + Assist facebook group prompt from Rick Henry: write a 60-80 word poem about bananas


One foot on a banana peel

And one foot in the grave,

I wish I could go back in time,

There are days that I would save.


If only I wasn't rotting mush

Wasting in my skin,

My yellow has all turned to brown

Dark spots are setting in.


I still remember days gone past

When my flesh was young and firm,

Before time stole my youthfulness,

All that remains is withered fruit for worms.


Thank you for reading! And thank you to Rick for the fun challenge!

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Heather Hubler

Coffee/reading/writing/family–my favorite things in life. I have a degree in biochemistry but my split personality loves creative writing just as much!

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  • Veronica Coldiron14 days ago

    I'm speechless. LOVE this one!

  • Gina C.16 days ago

    Wow, this was gloriously beautiful, grim, elegant, and honest all at the same time. Lots of emotions here. Wonderful job!! Thank you for sharing this!

  • Babs Iverson19 days ago

    Fun read!!! The rhyming is fantastic & love it!!!

  • C. H. Richard20 days ago

    Excellent! I do now feel like a banana literally!

  • Subhi Najar20 days ago

    Super beautiful!

  • Awww, that was so sad but very true about the inevitable changes that comes with age. Very well written!

  • Rick Henry22 days ago

    This was really good. You made a meaningful state in using very few words. Great job!!!

  • Keila Aartila22 days ago

    Good poem 🍌. A good take on the prompt.

  • Dawn Salois22 days ago

    Love your take on the challenge! Very original.

  • Cathy holmes22 days ago

    Wow. Love the aging metaphor. Really well done.

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