Friday, November 21, 2008

Sunday Scribbling #138: Grapefruit

[Forbidden in Barbados]

Forbidden in Barbados, lush green
Fruitful pomelos,
Captain Shaddock’s baby boy,
These evergreen, four-petaled, acidic
Cultivars—Ruby red—
Oblate,what has travel
To do with any of this?—
Reverend Griffith Hughes,
Count Odette Phillipe,
Sulfur-containing terpenes all:
naringin, bergamottin & dihydroxybergamottin,
the Winken, Blinken, and Nods
of hortiferous horticulture,
ancient dulce de leches-laden
toronjas rellenas,
meaty analogues all
spiffy in their
Jordache jeans,
What’s not to be grapefruitful?

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20 Comments:

Blogger anno said...

Oh, murat, bless you and all your grapefruitiness. This was just the perfect antidote for this week.

12:59 PM  
Blogger J at www.jellyjules.com said...

Too funny. Are you grateful for grapefruit?

1:06 PM  
Blogger murat11 said...

anno, you are most welcome: anything to keep the steely bureaucrats at bay.

1:40 PM  
Blogger murat11 said...

j: just part of my ongoing feud with the Scribbling mavens. I am more grapefruitful for grapefruits than I am for Hallmark card prompts: they bring out the nasty boy.

1:43 PM  
Blogger Stan Ski said...

Astringent, and full of vitamin C - for Clever...now, where's that dictionary?

12:46 AM  
Blogger murat11 said...

Brother Stan: Those wide-assed dictionaries would be in Wranglers, yes?

5:28 AM  
Blogger BJ Roan said...

Love the humor. I'm grapefruitful!

12:53 PM  
Blogger Granny Smith said...

"Say what", indeed! I am grapefruitable for this post.

7:56 PM  
Blogger tumblewords said...

Ohmigawd, the post is wildly funny and so are the comments! Great job and there's no doubt you're out of the hallmark competition!

8:40 PM  
Blogger alister said...

Travel? Every Christmas the Pittman & Davis ruby reds travel from Texas to Vermont. Not long after, the Collin Street Bakery fruit cake follows from Corsicana. This has been going on for years, years before I ever made Texas my second home for a nice long while. And I still wonder to this day how my parents knew some of the best stuff comes from Texas :-)
missalister

10:39 PM  
Blogger Devil Mood said...

The title of the post gave me a giggle to begin with.
Grapefruits are quite beautiful. to tell you the truth I don't think I've ever eaten one. The juice is enough to make me cringe. A nice sweet orange works better for me.

5:47 AM  
Blogger murat11 said...

BJR: So should we all be. Thank you and peas be with you.

Granny Smith: I always knew you were the grapefruitablest of us all!

Tumblewords: Thank you for confirming my ousting from the HallmarkFest.

Ms. A: How did they? Was there parental or grandparental time spent down in this Big Chaos, too? Something in the Ms A DNA must have helped guide you here for your 18-year sojourn.

Ms. Mood: Always good to impart some giggles, amiga. There is a grapefruit tree right next door, as it turns out. Next time you're tempted, cut that grapefruit in half, sprinkle on cinnamon and a little sugar (if it's really tart) and set it under the broiler until it plumps up (3-5 minutes?). Even mijo has loved that since he was a babe.

6:29 AM  
Blogger present said...

paschal,
When brain storming for ideas about gratitude and being grateful, grapefruits did not make my list. I now wonder why not! I don't think I'm well conditioned for gratitude by societal standards! I can be grateful for grapefruits! I'm grateful my annual order has been placed and they are on their way.

9:52 AM  
Blogger Patois said...

Oh, goodness, you rock!

10:15 AM  
Blogger murat11 said...

present, my citrusine sister: welcome back to this week of gratefulness. girl, you are plenty well-conditioned for this wild motley of pre and post and always fab scribblers. rave on.

2:32 PM  
Blogger murat11 said...

mil gracias, patois: seems the scribbling mavens set loose a lovely firestorm this week.

2:34 PM  
Blogger keith hillman said...

A brilliant piece and a fabulous take on grateful

3:15 PM  
Blogger murat11 said...

Yo, Keith: Thank you for the props, my brother.

3:25 PM  
Blogger *~sis~* said...

grapefruit indeed....lol :)

1:06 PM  
Blogger murat11 said...

*~sis~*: indeedly indeed.

3:11 PM  

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