Saturday, June 14, 2008

Cherry Fairies of Summer...

Cherry-Time

Cherries of the night are riper
Than the cherries pluckt at noon 
Gather to your fairy piper 
When he pipes his magic tune: 
Merry, merry, 
Take a cherry; 
Mine are sounder, 
Mine are rounder, 
Mine are sweeter 
For the eater
Under the moon. 
And you’ll be fairies soon. 

In the cherry pluckt at night, 
With the dew of summer swelling, 
There’s a juice of pure delight, 
Cool, dark, sweet, divinely smelling. 
Merry, merry, 
Take a cherry; 
Mine are sounder, 
Mine are rounder, 
Mine are sweeter 
For the eater 
In the moonlight. 
And you’ll be fairies quite. 

When I sound the fairy call, 
Gather here in silent meeting, 
Chin to knee on the orchard wall, 
Cooled with dew and cherries eating. 
Merry, merry, 
Take a cherry; 
Mine are sounder, 
Mine are rounder, 
Mine are sweeter. 
For the eater 
When the dews fall.
And you’ll be fairies all. 

Robert Graves

4 comments:

Mental P Mama said...

I'll be having some cobbler. Please.

noble pig said...

A cherry pie will do for me...one with a lattice crust.

TSannie said...

What a wonderful poem!

Actually I'd like some cherry turnovers, please!

Debbie said...

Cherry pie with vanilla ice cream here please :)

Great poem with the photo Jules!