dVerse — Zejel Form — Kousa Christmas

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Kousa Christmas in September
Matte red gummies look like embers
Less known Asian cherry member

Dogwood dangles first green nuggets
Pseudo acorn uncapped clusters
Promised nuts for squirrel gullets
Then it goes on fruitian bender

Squeeze them like a squishy marble
Suck their guts and taste the marvel
of this precious juicy parcel
But spit out pits at their center

 

Notes:
While going in to the dentist’s office yesterday, I noticed the trees and the fruit on the trees and snapped a few pictures.  Having never seen dogwood fruit before I had to learn more.
from Urbol.com:  A small tree native to Korea and other parts of Asia, the dogwood is popular as an ornamental tree to most. To herbalists, however, it is distinguished for its bright and edible dogwood fruit, commonly referred to as Kousa berries, cornus fruit and asiatic cornelian cherry.

Historically, it was a commonly used herb in the East as a mild but invigorating tonic. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), dogwood fruit is associated with improving kidney and liver health. As a tonic, the Japanese cornel fruit energizes the body and acts as a stabilizer for body fluids.


Grace is today’s host for dVerse’ Poetry Form.  Grace says:
Writing challenge: a poem written in Zéjel poetry form … There are 2 rhyme scheme variations which you can choose from, and the theme is your choice.

kousa dogwood fruit 2

 

29 Comments Add yours

  1. Dale says:

    Wonderful and educational! Loved this, Lisa.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Dale 🙂 I had quite a struggle writing it, believe it or not.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Dale says:

        It doesn’t show. I shall, one day, attempt one of these…

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Um…… Dale….. how about today? 🙂

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          1. Dale says:

            Hahaha… Uhhh… I have this thing that gets TOTALLY in my way – a job that sucks the life out of me because it is so boring…

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              1. Dale says:

                Yeah. I am SO ready to retire!!

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  2. Sadje says:

    Sounds like a yummy delight.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Now that I know more about them, I want to go back, pick one, and eat it. I did pick one up off of the ground yesterday in hopes of planting it after it dries out. I was surprised at how soft and squishy it was.

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      1. Sadje says:

        I haven’t tried them either.

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  3. writingwhatnots says:

    They sound intriguing – and they do look like gummies don’t they? Fascinating Zéjel 😋

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, they are intriguing. I’ve been seeing dogwood trees all my life and never saw these fruits before. Will remember this variety and am going to try and start some trees from the fruit I picked up yesterday. Thank you, Marion 🙂

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  4. memadtwo says:

    I’ve learned something new. Kousa has a wonderful sound. I had so much trouble with this rhythm, but yours flows beautifully. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Kerfe, thank you. I really struggled with this one with the rhymes I chose.

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      1. memadtwo says:

        It was worth the effort.

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  5. Certainly a good eat Jade! Aha, now I know what a dogwood fruit looks like. Thanks for sharing, Ma’am!

    Hank

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Hank, thank you and you are welcome.

      Like

  6. Grace says:

    Well I learned something new today and I bet that they are delightful to the taste as well. I can taste the gummy juiciness from your poem.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Grace!

      Like

  7. Dora says:

    Lisa,
    I felt like I was witnessing quite a miraculous journey through mouth and gullet, a “fruitian bender”! Loved the concrete imagery that brought the Zéjel form alive.
    pax,
    dora

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Dora thank you and appreciate the kind words. Glad you enjoyed the imagery 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Love this, Lisa. Appreciate the background on this tree and its fruit.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sara, thank you. It’s a neat fruit on a beautiful tree. And the fruit are reachable!

      Like

  9. Ingrid says:

    What a fascinating fruit, Lisa! You describe it so well. I love the idea of a ‘fruitian bender!’

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Ingrid 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  10. I never knew about this… love to learn new stuff about berries and fruit.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Cool, now you know one more berry/fruit. 🙂

      Like

  11. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Now I want to taste one…it looks good.

    Liked by 1 person

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