[Published in The Beatnik, March 26, 2011, on-line at http://whollycommunion.blogspot.com/]
AGE PARES AWAY THE FRUIT
Age pares away the fruit of life,
to the heart,
to the kernel of spirit,
to be sown anew in the second spring.
The parts once thought tastiest
now lie discarded,
no longer digestible;
they do the soul no good.
though hard and once thought bitter,
now is prized,
for it contains new life.