Meditation on a Grapefruit (Poem by Craig Arnold)

Meditation on a Grapefruit (Poem by Craig Arnold)

Meditation on a Grapefruit (poem by Craig Arnold)

Meditation on a Grapefruit

To wake when all is possible
before the agitations of the day
have gripped you
To come to the kitchen
and peel a little basketball
for breakfast
To tear the husk
like cotton padding      a cloud of oil
misting out of its pinprick pores
clean and sharp as pepper
To ease
each pale pink section out of its case
so carefully       without breaking
a single pearly cell
To slide each piece
into a cold blue china bowl
the juice pooling until the whole
fruit is divided from its skin
and only then to eat
so sweet
a discipline
precisely pointless       a devout
involvement of the hands and senses
a pause        a little emptiness

each year harder to live within
each year harder to live without

by Craig Arnold

Meditation on a Grapefruit (Poem by Craig Arnold)

Meditation on a Grapefruit (Poem by Craig Arnold)

I work to amplify good wherever I find it. I love color, texture, beauty, great ideas, nature, metaphor, deliciousness, genuine spirituality, and exploring new territory. I encourage authenticity, nurture creativity, champion sustainability, promote peace, and hope to foster a new renaissance where we all are free to be our most fulfilled, multifaceted, and terrific selves. Read more here.

2 Comments

  1. Dan Schutten 4 months ago

    You’ve copied the poem incorrectly. The last two lines should be as follows:

    each year harder to live within
    each year harder to live without

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      Polly Castor 4 months ago

      I fixed it! Great to hear from you!

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