spring fruit

Our grapes fresh from the vine,
Pomegranates full and fine,
Dates and sharp bullaces,
Rare pears and greengages,
Damsons and bilberries,
Taste them and try:
Currants and gooseberries,
Bright-fire-like barberries,
Figs to fill your mouth,
Citrons from the South,
Sweet to tongue and sound to eye;
Come buy, come buy.

I have always loved the opening verse of Christina Rossetti’s ‘Goblin Market‘, that tantalising list of rosy, ripe fruit just ready to be eaten. I thought of it today when I arrived at my parents’ house to find fresh fruits temptingly arranged on the table.

In a short space of time, it appears that spring has arrived. The changing of the seasons may still be up for some dispute, but the air is gently warming and with each passing day, the sun is starting to stick around a little longer. Not only is there a freshness and newness within the natural world, but it would seem that my mind is slowly beginning to awaken too after the dark drudgery of the winter months.

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