Of Oranges and Plums

September 4, 2013
By Mckay ELITE, Somewhere, Virginia
Mckay ELITE, Somewhere, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
"The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do."
—Apple’s “Think Different” commercial, 1997
“Crazy people are considered mad by the rest of the society only because their intelligence isn't understood.”
― Weihui Zhou


The wicker basket
brimmed with
plump oranges
sits on your

cold granite
counter-top
untouched
like I gave it

to you last week
A layer of
woolly dust
swathes each orange

you did not
peel
or slice
or juice

I however
did enjoy
the purple plum
chilled and sweet

that you gave me
yesterday
when I asked you
for it


The author's comments:
"This Is Just to Say" by William Carlos Williams inspired me to write this. It's rather nonsensical. Tell me what you think it means. (By the way, thanks to Jade for pointing out from the first draft that oranges can't be "plumped" but plump. >.>)

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Mckay ELITE said...
on Apr. 18 2016 at 4:03 pm
Mckay ELITE, Somewhere, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
"The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do."
—Apple’s “Think Different” commercial, 1997
“Crazy people are considered mad by the rest of the society only because their intelligence isn't understood.”
― Weihui Zhou

Thank you!! That's so wonderful for you to think so.

on Sep. 17 2014 at 9:27 pm
GonzaloTovilla BRONZE, Richardson, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
"In writing, you must kill all your darlings?"
-William Faulkner

i enjoyed this poem. This is a great example of how poems should be written.

Mckay ELITE said...
on Jul. 27 2014 at 8:06 pm
Mckay ELITE, Somewhere, Virginia
146 articles 0 photos 2260 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do."
—Apple’s “Think Different” commercial, 1997
“Crazy people are considered mad by the rest of the society only because their intelligence isn't understood.”
― Weihui Zhou

Thank you! Really appreciate it. 

on Jul. 27 2014 at 2:23 am
nithyaswaminathan BRONZE, Pleasanton, California
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I choose to interpret this poem as a relationship in which one person is putting far more effort than the other....really connected with me, thanks for writing, nice job on editors choice!

Mckay ELITE said...
on Apr. 18 2014 at 6:46 pm
Mckay ELITE, Somewhere, Virginia
146 articles 0 photos 2260 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do."
—Apple’s “Think Different” commercial, 1997
“Crazy people are considered mad by the rest of the society only because their intelligence isn't understood.”
― Weihui Zhou

Thanks :) Always appreciate (did I spell that right? I'm loosing it.) your feedback. 

on Dec. 9 2013 at 1:33 am
TheSkyOwesMeRain GOLD, Irvine, California
13 articles 1 photo 303 comments

Favorite Quote:
Life isn't measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments which take your breath away.

You are only as strong as your weakest link.

This is amazing, wow... the subtle almost-friendly accusation near the end with the plum compared to the oranges was brilliantly executed (for lack of a better word :P)! I really love it :)

Mckay ELITE said...
on Oct. 31 2013 at 1:51 pm
Mckay ELITE, Somewhere, Virginia
146 articles 0 photos 2260 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do."
—Apple’s “Think Different” commercial, 1997
“Crazy people are considered mad by the rest of the society only because their intelligence isn't understood.”
― Weihui Zhou

Thanks so much for reading and commenting. Truly appreciate it.

on Oct. 25 2013 at 6:48 pm
SpringRayyn PLATINUM, Lakeville, Minnesota
34 articles 2 photos 659 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Don't punish yourself," she heard her say again, but there would be punishment and pain, and there would be happiness too. That was writing."
--Markus Zusak, "The Book Thief"

I think your poem is thought provoking and interesting. I like how one gave the other a whole bowl of oranges and the other gave the one just a plumb. It's like that's all it takes to make the one happy. Nice work!

Mckay ELITE said...
on Oct. 1 2013 at 4:31 pm
Mckay ELITE, Somewhere, Virginia
146 articles 0 photos 2260 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do."
—Apple’s “Think Different” commercial, 1997
“Crazy people are considered mad by the rest of the society only because their intelligence isn't understood.”
― Weihui Zhou

Hey, LaChouette. Thanks for reading this piece and for taking the time to fathom its meaning. I've never thought about it in the way you mentioned. Now, that I read it again, I see what you're saying. Thank you for giving another meaning to this poem. 

on Sep. 21 2013 at 3:51 pm
LaChouette GOLD, Mount Vernon, New York
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Favorite Quote:
“And then there are the times when the wolves are silent and the moon is howling.”
- George Carlin

Hmm... (this is me thinking of the meaning of your poem). I really like this piece. Your construction of it really draws you in and makes the parts you want to stand out stand out. I think you did a very good job with it. As for the meaning...
I get the sense of under- appreciation or 'mine-is-better-than-yours' kind of thing. I'm not sure why, but this is what I think when I read this. It feels as if the person who gave the other the plum has an attitude that they're better than the other. The person who gave the oranges to the other, I feel kind of knows this, but doesn't want to say anything so they still accept the plum. 

Mckay ELITE said...
on Sep. 18 2013 at 6:53 pm
Mckay ELITE, Somewhere, Virginia
146 articles 0 photos 2260 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do."
—Apple’s “Think Different” commercial, 1997
“Crazy people are considered mad by the rest of the society only because their intelligence isn't understood.”
― Weihui Zhou

That is one interpretation I hadn't really thought of when I wrote this. Nonetheless, I love it. Thank you, Krasota. 

on Sep. 17 2013 at 7:27 pm
Carpe-Caffeam GOLD, No Where, Florida
10 articles 0 photos 445 comments

Favorite Quote:
“If it weren’t for the coffee, I’d have no identifiable personality whatsoever.” –David Letterman

I feel like this poem's talking about someone friend-zoning another person, but they're being nice about it. That's what I got out of this excellent piece ^_^ Yet again, congrats on the award! You deserve it. :)

Mckay ELITE said...
on Sep. 14 2013 at 4:02 pm
Mckay ELITE, Somewhere, Virginia
146 articles 0 photos 2260 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do."
—Apple’s “Think Different” commercial, 1997
“Crazy people are considered mad by the rest of the society only because their intelligence isn't understood.”
― Weihui Zhou

I do hope they become more regular with me. Thank you so much for your kind feedback. I always appreciate them. And yeah, this time I did capitalize the I's.

on Sep. 13 2013 at 11:48 pm
SaphiraBrightscales DIAMOND, Islamabad, Other
75 articles 16 photos 1143 comments

Favorite Quote:
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou
When i was little/I used to point a chubby finger toward the dark sky/And ask my father/why some stars moved and others didn’t/He would laugh and explain that some were airplanes/I still wish on them today ~ Laugh-It-Out
The feathers of a crow are black/The ink of my pen is blacker/The pain of my heart is blackest~ Mckay
If love produced a blossom/I’d take it in my palm/What a blessing, the bright color!/How soothing, such a balm!/I’d keep a petal for my own/The rest, drop from my hands/For such a flower would multiply/And populate the lands~ thesilentraven
And I began to rival legends/Long entombed before my birth./But for all my much envied fame/The lust for more would not abate./The plaques and prizes with my name/Will, like all things, disintegrate. ~ TheEpic95 now known as Helena_Noel

Mckay, you perfect poet. It's like these check marks have become a regular with you. Well, congratultions I shall never forget :P No matter how regular it becomes. And it should, I am so proud of you. You deserve more published work. This poem made me smile a lot. I loved loved the story and the structure added symmetry and life to it. The last two stanzas : Epic.  I don't think there's anything I could point out except this time you capitalized your "I's ?? ....Love always, Dua.


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