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    From those lemon flowers
    Set free
    By the light of the moon
    From that
    Odor of a love
    Frustrated,
    Sunken in fragrance,
    There came
    From the Lemon tree its yellow,
    From its planetary system
    The lemons came down to the earth.

    Tender merchandise!
    Our shores filled up with it,
    The markets
    Of light, of gold
    From a tree,
    And we open up
    The two halves
    Of a miracle,
    Congealed acid
    Which ran
    From the hemispheres
    Of a star
    And the most profound liquor
    In nature,
    Unchanging, alive,
    Indestructible,
    Born from the freshness
    Of the lemon,
    From its fragrant house,
    From its acid, secret symmetry.

    Inside the lemon the knives
    Cut
    A small
    Cathedral,
    The window hidden behind the altars
    Opened to the light its glassy acids,
    And in drops
    Like topazes they were dripped
    Onto the altars
    By the architecture of freshness.

    So when your hand
    Squeezes the hemisphere
    Of the cut
    Lemon onto your plate,
    A universe of gold,
    You have poured out
    One
    Yellow cup
    Full of miracles
    One of the sweet-smelling nipples
    Of the breast of the earth,
    A ray of light that became a fruit,
    The diminutive fire of a planet

    -- Pablo Neruda
    (born July 12, 1904)

    1. J. Star 95 months ago | reply

      I <3 Pablo

      and this picture :)

    2. **stellarr** [deleted] 95 months ago | reply

      "A ray of light that became a fruit"

      Indeed it did! Great detail and color on this one. So bright and cheerful.

    3. regularjoe 95 months ago | reply

      I'll be you're really good at making "lemonade"

    4. BrittneyBush 95 months ago | reply

      I haven't even read the poem yet. I just want to let my enthusiasm spill: this is awesomeness incarnate. SO pretty.

    5. tamelyn 95 months ago | reply

      Oh, I can almost smell the lemony goodness. Gorgeous.

    6. mel-pin 95 months ago | reply

      Soo,you don't like raisins...
      .o)

    7. Linus Gelber 95 months ago | reply

      Ooooh! Aaaah!

    8. mquest foto 95 months ago | reply

      another great use of Pablo Neruda.
      Lit Ref Group

    9. TheSteffers 95 months ago | reply

      : makes me pucker my lips: Anything that makes me pucker my lips...gets faved. just a rule I have.

    10. achuka 95 months ago | reply

      nice lemon shot

    11. jamelah 95 months ago | reply

      I think that's a good rule, Stef.

      And to all y'all -- thanks!

    12. Esther17 95 months ago | reply

      Lemons rule.

    13. folle fourmi 90 months ago | reply

      Very nice macro picture.
      Congratulations.

    14. Little Miss. Sunshine 70 months ago | reply

      Fabulous Macro Shot!
      Your really awesome at those.

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