A MELON CHANGES ITS STRIPES

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Don’t you just hate it when a plan doesn’t come together?

THE IMPOSTER

A cousin bicycled home from the farm
with a watermelon atop her handlebars
Chilled on ice on that sweltering day,
the striped Green Giant was irresistible
We dove into the crisp, sugary wedges,
wearing the rinds like ear-to-ear smiles

Hungry for my sweet childhood memory,
I sowed a melon patch around the patio,
cheering as the little shoots broke ground
and morphed into massive, curly vines.
Leaves unfurled into a wide shady canopy,
shielding fragile blossoms from the sun

Just ONE tiny fruit emerged…  Lavished
with water and attention, it matured into
a handsome celery-and-emerald specimen
Late in the summer, a thump on its flank
produced a deep, resonant vibration that
passed our homespun test for ripeness

That night, we dined at the picnic table,
char-grilled burgers and corn-on-the-cob,
while our dessert chilled on ice in the sink
Then (drum roll, please) we split it open,
only to encounter the pale orange flesh
of disappointment: an overgrown squash

Now, if you’re the type who loves it when a plan comes together, check out my favorite uplifting melon story, Fruits of Desire by Mike Madison.

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16 thoughts on “A MELON CHANGES ITS STRIPES

  1. Tippy Gnu August 21, 2016 / 6:43 am

    I imagine this unfortunate gardening incident has left you feeling melancholy.

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    • Just Joan August 21, 2016 / 5:55 pm

      I babied that darn melon for three months, watched it grow, imagined how sweet and delicious it would be. I almost needed Prozac! 🙂

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  2. Joyce Robinson August 21, 2016 / 10:35 am

    And watermelons are not what they used to be are they????

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    • Just Joan August 21, 2016 / 5:57 pm

      A lot smaller now. Mostly seedless. (What fun is that?) Some good, some not so good. Never as sweet and juicy as the old memory. 🙂

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  3. kutchie Kender August 21, 2016 / 11:04 am

    You are so so funny!

    Ursula

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    • Just Joan August 21, 2016 / 5:58 pm

      Thanks, Ursula. It seems funny now, but at the time, I could have cried.

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  4. L. T. Garvin, Author August 21, 2016 / 12:35 pm

    A squash, ha ha…now that’s a surprise. I’ve been playing Russian roulette with watermelons all summer 🙂

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  5. Marissa Bergen August 21, 2016 / 5:18 pm

    Oh man! Squash?? Just not what you would have in mind when you wanted a succulent fruit!

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    • Just Joan August 21, 2016 / 6:02 pm

      Almost as disappointing as racing home from the market only to discover you left your ice cream behind. 🙂

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  6. The Lunatic In My Head August 31, 2016 / 1:32 pm

    Hahaha… That must have been a huge disappointment! I loved the way it was written.. Beautiful description of memories, the anticipation, and finally finding out that it was just an impostor!

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    • Just Joan August 31, 2016 / 8:47 pm

      Thanks for the comment and follow, Lunatic. Too funny. We were 100% convinced that beast was a watermelon, and so ready for that first sweet, crisp, juicy pink bite. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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