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Ode to the Great Rose Trees

The Apple Tree - Malus Domestica (Rosaeae Family)

By J. S. WadePublished 11 months ago β€’ Updated 11 months ago β€’ 1 min read
Ode to the Great Rose Trees
Photo by Fumiaki Hayashi on Unsplash

Praise to thee, O Great Apple tree

Once condemned by Adam and Eve.

It’s not your fault, but was their choice,

Integrity fallen, they self-destroyed.

Redeemed by Johnny Appleseed

Spreading joy thru the world for free.

Planting your seeds among the weeds.

Fat Roses he brought for all to eat.


We love apples fresh, sliced and cut,

Cobblers, breads to fill our guts.

Jams, preserves, adding All Spice,

for Tarts, Cookies, thick butter, baked pies.

Hardy amidst the droughts or floods,

Apples are fresh and taste so good.

In beers, wines or cider; you choose

or Crown Royal Apple, a fruity booze.


Peel, chop them for salads or breads,

Or William Tell can shoot off your head.

Bob, bite them with the county carns,

Candy them sweet in Harvest barns.

Seeds kept safe, cyanide embedded,

preserved positive, never negative.

Planted in soil, new trees will bloom,

Red, green, yellow, treats to consume.


Thanks be to thee, O Apple tree,

We’re grateful for your rosy marque.

Sweet juices flow, your fibers chewed,

to heal, restore, an excellent food.

Hail to thee, sweet Red Delish,

McIntosh, and the Granny Smith,

Gala, tart Crispin, Fuji, Sweet Wisp,

nor forget, the rich Honey-crisp.


Praise to thee, O Great Apple tree,

Sweet gifts you bare for all to eat.

August is here, harvest has come,

O Rose tree, come now, to our home.

Plump orbs you grew, with us to share.

Baskets are full, our love declared,

Adoring you, eating an Apple a day.

we trust you will keep, the doctor away.


Note: The scientific name for an Apple is Malus Domestica. Surprisingly, the treat is not a fruit, but a pod of nutrients. It is known to stabilize sugar in the blood and lower cholesterol. Apples are classified as members of the Rosaceae Family also known as Roses. Below are photos of a White Rose Bush and an Apple Tree (Malus Domestica) in bloom.

White Rose Bush

Apple Tree in bloom

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J. S. Wade

Since reading Tolkien in Middle school, I have been fascinated with creating, reading, and hearing art through story’s and music. I am a perpetual student of writing and life.

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Comments (14)

  • Donna Fox (HKB)11 months ago

    J.S. I love the story this tells and how you were able to uphold a rhythmic rhyme scheme for the whole poem! Truly a beautifully executed Ode to Apples! It really spoke to the history and versatility of the apple! I've never been a big apple fan but I appreciate the insights you shared at the end about the benefits of apples! 😊

  • Hannah Moore11 months ago

    This was as invigorating as a decent apple...and interesting, too. I did not know that!

  • My favorite dessert is peach or apple cobbler. I miss the apple tree I had growing in my front yard of the first house I bought. I should plant one where I am now! Great poem very strong prose as with everything you write for the challenges I think this is a contender

  • Gina C.11 months ago

    Oh, I love how much you wove into this! Just masterful. Beautifully written, clever, and those pictures at the end are gorgeous 😍

  • The seeds from 18 Malus Domestica contain enough cyanide to kill a person 😈 Your poem was so beautifully written!

  • Caroline Jane11 months ago

    I am looking at my apple tree in a whole new light now! Feel like I may have to salute it as I pass. You have elevated it so much I will be collecting its apples on a cushion rather than in a basket. Really clever ode! Well done. ❀️

  • Mackenzie Davis11 months ago

    Wow, I really see the work you put into this, especially with all the varieties rhyming, and all the ways we see apples throughout history, and then in our daily lives. And so clever of you to end on the old adage...I thoroughly enjoyed this, Scott! β€οΈπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

  • Cathy holmes11 months ago

    Great job and nowninwant a golden delicious rose.

  • What's worse than finding a worm in your apple? Finding half a worm in your apple. (Just happened to me the other day--full worm, not half, wriggling about happy as could be.)

  • Babs Iverson11 months ago

    Marvelous ode!!!! You packed a bushel of info in this one!!! More than that it was fun!!!β™₯️β™₯οΈπŸ’•

  • Misty Rae11 months ago

    Very nice. I love apples and apple trees. Soon here,3 weeks, I'd say and the apples will be ready to pick! Can't wait...yummy!

  • Dana Crandell11 months ago

    I like the way you jumped from Adam & Eve to Johnny Appleseed, and the rest of this poem too. Well done sir!

  • Lamar Wiggins11 months ago

    Wholesome, informative, great flow, tasty. This one gets a thumbs up, Scott, πŸ‘πŸ½Well done.

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