Tanka #14


Pear tree in blossom,
an annual attraction.
— so decorative —
Autumn brings abundant fruit
ignored by lazy townsfolk.


Author: Sarah Potter Writes

Sarah is a British eccentric who writes offbeat fiction, haiku and tanka poetry. When stuck for words, she sketches or paints instead. She's into nature conservation, sustainability, gardening, dogs, natural health, and reading. Her sociability is something that happens in short bursts with long breathing spaces in between.

5 thoughts on “Tanka #14”

  1. You mean, there are actual pears on the tree and nobody but the birds pick and eat them?
    I have 7 different fruit trees in my garden – if I manage to eat even one fruit off any of them before the birds get there, I’m extremely lucky!!


    1. Wow, lucky you, having 7 different fruit trees! What fruits are they? I know birds love cherries in particular and people have to put nets over the trees before they fruit. Then there are plums and damsons, well loved by wasps. I once read a horror novel in which someone bit into a plum, not noticing a wasp inside it, and died. I’ve always been very cautious since then, about eating fruit straight off the tree. I used to have to watch my dog when she was a puppy, re lurking wasps, because she loved eating apples fallen off the tree in our garden.


      1. I am lucky to have the trees – not so much with eating the fruits 😉
        Have a plum, apricot, 2 different kinds of peach, guava, 2 different kind of fig and a tangerine. They don’t eat the tangerine at all, but then again, neither do I – tastes more like a lemon than a tangerine 😉
        As for wasps and things, we have them here too, and I doubt that the actual wasp will be in the fruit – more likely its eggs. Have never had the bad luck to have that happen to me thank heavens!!


  2. I do get this! If I can’t use all the fruit on my apple trees, I invite a certain cousin to come in and harvest so that I don’t feel too guilty or wasteful.


    1. This particular pear tree overhangs a public walkway between garages at the back of some houses. Legally, I am not entitled to pick the fruit within my reach, because the tree stands on private property. Pears are one of my favourite fruits, so I find it very frustrating.

      Good on you, Naomi, inviting your cousins over 🙂


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