So what was really the forbidden fruit?
If yielding to temptation was the thing
That caused the grief of losing paradise
Then I would bet on apricot or peach
Or pear instead of apple. These are fruits
That overwhelm the senses they’re so good.
But not the supermarket kind of fruit;
You need the dead ripe fruit you pick yourself.
A pear, the experts say, should ripen in
The frig. “Pick it green and wait a week
Or two before you eat it. Otherwise
The fruit won’t last.” They’re right. When it’s dead ripe
It seldom lasts to make it to the house.
Sun warmed, melting flesh dribbles down your chin.
When you are finished lick your sticky hands
Before you chose another for dessert.
We all are children when the fruit is ripe,
And can’t resist temptation any more
Than Eve or Adam could in Paradise.