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
♦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.