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The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From the Tree

You can see him now, dirty as a horse
that slipped in the mud, planting petunias
with that infamous shamrock thumb

(Irish from his Pop      Appendage from his Mum)

stopping every now - and again -
to breathe deep that fragrance
rich with pheromone nostalgia
just like Grammy Georgina used too do

the apple doesn't fall far from the tree

I can still see her now, in her glory days,
with lovely lemon locks soaking up the summer sun,
rooted in that old-fashioned train of mind:
You don't stop your work until it's done!

(but a walking contradiction, just like her grandson,
... rose to her nose like ruby rebellion)

the tree doesn't grow solely from the ground

Water's an important player too,
especially from grandma's showering can

(laughing tears the shade of crystalline blue)

Course you can't forget those lifetime lessons either,
from dear ole Georgie, speaking with a sunny kind of seriousness,
about the importance of patience,
the fruitfulness of labor,
plucking up the surviving winters' courageous cucumbers,
blushing beets

the ground isn't just a place for our feet

Cause with her and I, we incinerate the stereotype:
young blood reflecting on infinity,
old knees dancing like she's got chipper chipmunks
for toes     giggles in the background like a photobomb
to the expected chapel silence

(it's not all peaches and cream though,
sometimes we get violent)

Orange slush, flying miles behind us,
at times getting grazed in the face
by nature's food fight

our feet between the squish squish of the crab apple

We were two peas, if you please, in a curious pod,
like a whimsical joke from a laughing God:
Me, the champion of her scallions,
the guardian of her garden,
leaving all sensibility befuddled
with an, "I beg your pardon?"

I wonder if she knew then the gravity of the situation,
watching mama scream bloody murder,
as I came into this world ...

... was she scratching her head, lips curled, in questioning amazement,
just like Newton must have been, when developing his theory?
What d'you suppose they both were thinking?

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree ...



Written March 27, 2016
For the Cliche Contest Hosted by Silent One

Copyright © | Year Posted 2016




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Date: 9/27/2016 3:43:00 PM
Ah, very Timothy-esque ~brilliantly cute, in other words. So many memorable lines, one of which I will quote,"giggles in the background like a photobomb to the expected chapel silence"I love that!! I have been away from your page way too long. Good play on the cliche of peas and a pod there near the bottom, along with the effective alliteration glittered throughout. Good job in connecting the cliche throughout the lines between the stanzas too. This playful piece was fun to read! Always, Laura
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Date: 4/10/2016 10:58:00 PM
Hi Timothy, Congratulations on your "Cliche" win. Love LINDA
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 4/14/2016 3:43:00 AM
Thanks Linda!
Date: 4/10/2016 10:49:00 AM
Big Congrats Timothy to win the top place on Most Wonderful Poem. Best Wishes. Anisha D
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 4/14/2016 3:42:00 AM
Thanks Anisha!
Date: 4/8/2016 1:53:00 PM
Congratulations on your first place win with this wonderful whimsical fun piece Timothy. # 7. ; )
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 4/10/2016 12:21:00 AM
Thanks so much Connie! I like your word there ... "whimsical" ... :)
Date: 4/8/2016 12:39:00 AM
Congrats Timothy for awesome win
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Date: 4/10/2016 12:04:00 AM
Thanks Anand!
Date: 4/7/2016 10:26:00 PM
Exquisite write Timothy.. love your way with words my dear friend..congrats on top podium.. a seven..
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 4/9/2016 11:56:00 PM
Thank you, Upma! Very appreciated, and am humbled by your comment.
Date: 4/7/2016 10:18:00 PM
Timothy, congratulations on your well-deserved win with this fascinating poem. Janice
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Date: 4/9/2016 11:50:00 PM
Thank you very much Janice!
Date: 4/7/2016 9:38:00 PM
Congratulations Tim: I was sure this would be a NO.1 placegetter. Hugs, SuZ
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Date: 4/9/2016 10:53:00 PM
Thanks again Suz :)
Date: 4/7/2016 8:34:00 PM
YES, this is sure a well deserved win. Congrats, my friend
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 4/9/2016 10:52:00 PM
Thanks Andrea! :)
Date: 4/7/2016 6:17:00 PM
You seem to becoming a star here my friend!! I can not express enough on the talent you possess Timothy, it is as was this poem simply amazing! Congrats again(Yes I am being redundant but it is you not I making me that way) but it's a good thing!
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 4/9/2016 10:41:00 PM
Not sure what to say, Brian ... thanks seems inadequate. Really appreciate your support and explosive encouragement ... means a lot! :)
Date: 4/7/2016 6:01:00 PM
Great write and win Timothy ...Congrats
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 4/9/2016 10:22:00 PM
Loved your poem as well my friend!
Date: 4/7/2016 5:18:00 PM
Exceptional write Tim. I really enjoyed the humor. Congratulations on your win in the contest. Peace my friend:) This is some story!
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 4/9/2016 10:21:00 PM
Thanks Daniel ... I always try to go for laughs it seems (whether intentional or not) ... Happy you liked it!
Date: 4/1/2016 9:30:00 AM
Hi Timothy...I read further down that this is pure fiction, but there's no ignoring the fact that you possess a keen eye and an original descriptive package. I wonder if you've ever contemplated writing short stories....I believe you would excel in those, too! ~ Regards // paul
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Date: 4/2/2016 12:46:00 AM
It cheers me right up to hear you say that, Paul, as that is one of my major goals when it comes to writing ... attempting to see things with a different eye. I don't dabble into the short story world often, but one of my short stories did get published in a magazine, which was really exciting :)
Date: 3/30/2016 3:56:00 PM
Okay..The apple doesn't fall far if it is rotten then it just splats on the ground but if firm and whole it can roll quite a far piece..LOL..Thanks for the visit to my page.Sara
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Date: 3/30/2016 5:49:00 PM
There is many ways you can take this analogy (what if the apple tree was planted on a cliff by the sea ... would it be breakfast for a bypassing dolphin?) ... thanks for the laugh and your visit, Sarah.
Date: 3/30/2016 3:36:00 PM
GEeez, Timothy. You are an incredible writer. What an ingenious way to tell the story about you and this wonderful grandma! Love how you described her with chipper chipmunk toes. So much to love about this poem. HOw many faves do I have to start giving you? hahaha
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 3/30/2016 5:41:00 PM
Delighted as always, to read your comments, Andrea! I thought the chipper chipmunk toes was rather funny myself :)
Date: 3/29/2016 8:37:00 PM
Well done, no doubt about it, there's no contest, this is top shelf !
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 3/29/2016 11:11:00 PM
How awesome of you to say .... now that's a comment. Thank you! :)
Date: 3/29/2016 5:47:00 PM
Even your cider is caffeinated!! All joking aside, you're certain to be the apple of someones eye with this one. J.
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 3/29/2016 11:00:00 PM
Now "apple of my eye" .... that's a rather odd idiom isn't it? Love your support my friend and glad you liked (hope you were already short to begin with ... don't wanna stilt your growth .... lol) ...
Date: 3/29/2016 7:59:00 AM
Masterful writing my friend! You made cliches feel original!!'
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 3/29/2016 10:40:00 PM
Thanks Richard! This was really very enjoyable to write, and I'm glad you enjoyed it too :)
Date: 3/29/2016 3:41:00 AM
You have a wonderful, unique, style of writing, Tim. Excellent verse. Best wishes for the contest. T.J
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 3/29/2016 10:03:00 PM
Thanks so much, Teppo! Appreciate the kind feedback :)
Date: 3/29/2016 12:01:00 AM
Excellent. Wonderful poem. Enjoyed reading it.
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 3/29/2016 9:59:00 PM
Thanks Ravi!
Date: 3/28/2016 2:48:00 PM
Very nice! Paints pictures and characters vividly.
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 3/29/2016 9:33:00 PM
Thanks Tom! I had a lot of fun with this one (thought it took a little bit longer than usual to pen down) ...
Date: 3/28/2016 9:06:00 AM
Timothy, like your writing style, great poem, wonderfully penned, this apple did not fall far from the tree either, I am so much like my mother and parts of me like my father I love this 7 ~
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 3/29/2016 9:20:00 PM
Thank you BW! I take after my dad mostly, but this piece was pure fiction.
Date: 3/28/2016 8:11:00 AM
Very amusing and well written Timothy, you are on a roll my friend, great work with your phrasing in this piece. Very unique style! 7+
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 3/29/2016 9:16:00 PM
Thanks Brian! I loved your Cliche poem as well :)
Date: 3/28/2016 6:00:00 AM
- A wonderful poem, well thought out and written with humor, Timothy .... like it a lot - Good luck in the contest, I'm sure it will win :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 3/29/2016 8:59:00 PM
Thanks Anne. Glad you liked the humor :)
Date: 3/28/2016 2:05:00 AM
Wow Timothy: You have really excelled with your cliche poem. , 'sunny kind of seriousness' is a wonderful phrase. A sure winner and a FAV for me.
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 3/29/2016 8:51:00 PM
Thanks Suz! Though this work is completely fictional, I've known people that exude that "sunny kind of seriousness" ... appreciate the fave :)