I’ve traveled around a lot of countries and on numerous continents and found that people everywhere really relish three things in life:
1. Ice Cream (everywhere in the world, and I mean everywhere)
2. Melons (most countries, even some cold climes)
3. Peaches (in warm climes)
Pretty much everything you ever needed to know about the joy of labor, creativity, the connection of everything (see physics), God’s providence (see the Bible), why we live and the divine miracle of it all is contained in this poem by one who is really good at poetry:
By Her Greatness the poet Li-Young Lee
From blossoms comes
this brown paper bag of peaches
we bought from the boy
at the bend in the road where we turned toward
signs painted Peaches.
From laden boughs, from hands,
from sweet fellowship in the bins,
comes nectar at the roadside, succulent
peaches we devour, dusty skin and all,
comes the familiar dust of summer, dust we eat.
O, to take what we love inside,
to carry within us an orchard, to eat
not only the skin, but the shade,
not only the sugar, but the days, to hold
the fruit in our hands, adore it, then bite into
the round jubilance of peach.
There are days we live
as if death were nowhere
in the background; from joy
to joy to joy, from wing to wing,
from blossom to blossom to
impossible blossom, to sweet impossible blossom.
Li-Young Lee, “From Blossoms” from Rose. Copyright © 1986 by Li-Young Lee