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Poster poems: Fruit

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As spring begins to stir, the moment is ripe to consider the sweet natural bounty on its way and to share an early crop of verse on the subject

Having survived the winds of winter, the plum tree outside is now bursting into simultaneous leaf and flower, a little late but vigorously. It's the first real sign that spring is finally here, with a hope of better weather to come. More delightful still is the promise those white flower buds bear plump, juicy purple plums this autumn.

Inevitably, for a reader of poetry to think of plums is to think of William Carlos Williams's poem This Is Just to Say with its celebration of cold sweet plums fresh from the fridge, which is, in turn, really a marking of the virtues of simple domesticity and a life shared with another, or others.

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