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The Layers of Fruit by Raymond A. Foss

Bound by the season
the layers of fruit
when I am making the salad
but making it work

Layers to the creation
to get it just right
starting at the bottom
and working to the top

A layer of apples,
of pears, a few kinds
cut up and placed at the bottom
making my base

Citrus coming second
to keep the apples from browning
protecting the fruit below
in their acidity

Next comes the melon,
the cantaloupe, the honeydew
a sweet thick layer
luscious summer fruits

Pineapple then grapes
maybe peaches and plumbs
cut and joining
the confection in the bowl

Berries and cherries,
cut, near the top
not quite finished,
to seal it all in

Lemons and limes
squeezed around the circle
adding just the tartness
that the sweetness needs

Color with kiwi, peeled
but save them aside
adding rich color
to finish the creation

Save in the refrigerator
peel off the lid
the crescendo of smells
in a wonderful bouquet

Dig through the layers
to get a sense of the quilt
each flavor remaining
though wrapped in the juice

October 14, 2010
making my fruit salads

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