stone fruit in may, to hopkins
keep fruit so fair (ripening air!)
unbruiséd still for bite to come
not yielding first, to tooth and tongue
yet full-globed, lobed in, robed in peel
& ready-ripe, full dense and young
to look is to smell is to touch, overmuch
the plum is marked invitation
flushing o’er and brushed with blue
the peach, soft suggestion
with perfume deep like sun on dew.
Firm to mouth-mount, fount of honey
joyous in gushing --- and --- ever blushing.