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I see this perfect moon-lit night
with million heart-shaped stars in sight
ill-clad with none but drooping leaves
a fig-tree fraught with a disease
its beauty once majestic spoilt
in battle lost ‘gainst arid soil 

Against all odds with all its might
a lone fig struggling to the light
I near the tree with footsteps sure
and marvel at perfection pure
a beauty of blue-blooded type
abstained for years I match its ripe

Then common sense lets turmoil in
footsteps once sure now uncertain
like Eve had been that first aeon 
I’m gripped twixt hard rock and a stone:
like angels do, with caution tread
or foolishly go right ahead?

I gaze to heav’n the slightest while
a star winks with the merest smile
I wink back once, fig’s beauty draws
no human born without its flaws
entranced, I reach to nature’s art
a softness settles in my heart

I’m awestruck by my juicy dish
on first bite I will make a wish
I pare my find with great aplomb
perfection glows within its womb
I wish upon my luscious feast
well soon I too would be deceased

The love was pure twixt you and me
from knee-high way past puberty
your final gift bore on bent knee
aware your last meal it would be
our fig we shared with great delight
first you, then me, alternate bites

Heart’s softness hardens, deeply torn
a lone tear in each eye is born
they multiply, become yet more
in memory of our days of yore
this perfect fig brought none but pain
no fig will pass my lips again


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  1. Date: 9/23/2013 5:46:00 AM
    Ahhh!! So romantic..Enjoyed reading this one..Sara

  1. Date: 9/22/2013 7:48:00 PM
    Hi Delysia, another nice winning poem...nice Metrical verse win... luv~Linda

  1. Date: 9/22/2013 12:09:00 AM
    Your poem so beautifully written leaves me wondering. Congratulations on your win. Love,Jjoyce

  1. Date: 9/20/2013 11:59:00 PM
    Congrats on winning the place in the contest, delysia

  1. Date: 9/20/2013 8:44:00 PM
    beautiful poem you have created here...congrats on your well deserved win :)

  1. Date: 9/20/2013 2:53:00 AM
    This one is really impressive my friend. What a super start to my morning. This is just the start I need.

  1. Date: 7/28/2013 6:31:00 AM
    WOW Licia, fantastic write, this is something Shelley or Keats would have loved to have said they wrote. It's about time that Attitude was toppled. Your too good to just sit on your ass. Take care, Richard

  1. Date: 7/7/2013 10:35:00 AM
    A great poem of lost emotions, .. ;-) Congratulations-in Nathan's contest!!! awesome winning write. Take Care * Linda

  1. Date: 7/2/2013 8:28:00 AM
    Congratulations on a wonderful entry. I am again impressed with this beautiful poetry.... Love you dearly.... Jake

  1. Date: 7/2/2013 7:28:00 AM
    I will never again eat a fig without thinking of your poem..congrats ..BG

  1. Date: 7/2/2013 2:16:00 AM
    Oh mercy me...What a hauntingly beautiful poem Delysia...I am so familiar with your humor that it is a wonderful shock to see this side of you...Congrats - Tim

  1. Date: 7/1/2013 9:43:00 PM
    D H, a great winning poem, in Nathan's (dark, lost, broken emotions) contest. :-) SKAT

  1. Date: 7/1/2013 9:21:00 PM
    congrats ' NATE

  1. Date: 6/7/2013 11:49:00 AM
    Delysia, beautifully written and I love fresh figs! Congrats

  1. Date: 6/6/2013 1:01:00 PM
    What a beautiful poem. Congratulations. Rick

  1. Date: 6/5/2013 3:25:00 PM
    Very powerful, yet poignant writing. Congrats, My friend...Jake

  1. Date: 6/5/2013 2:05:00 AM
    - A winning poem! .... Beautiful! - Deserved really a good place on the winning list! - Congratulations! - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 6/4/2013 10:32:00 PM
    Delysia, :-) Congratulations with your beautiful poem. many different ways one can express the beauty of life. Thank you for everything. Goodnight * Linda

  1. Date: 5/21/2013 8:57:00 AM
    This is very moving, I hope you overcame the pain and once again ventured to the Majestic tree.

  1. Date: 5/20/2013 7:49:00 AM
    Just browsing through your talented poetry and came across this.. what an expressive and descriptive write. Reminds me of my poem "Good Intentions"