We’re Summer Slowly Ripening

Love is a fruit in season at all times,
and within reach of every hand. ~ Mother Teresa

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slowly ripening blackberry ~d nelson

That old farmer, oh
& his great-grandmother
hand-picked those heirloom seeds
so that now, right here & now,
the fruits of his/her labor
would nourish you.

slowly ripen peaches

slowly ripen peaches

Amazing seeds enriched by miraculous
gifts of rain, sun, soil & more
along with neededΒ TLC.
In these summer times,
with patience, slowly ripening.

Should good fortune be with them
they will offer their goodness
for the nourishment of others;
whether they be 2, 4, 6, or 8-legged,
as well asΒ winged ones & the earth.

Could it be, that we,
ourselves, are any different
in our ripening, dear ones?
After being nurtured & fertilized
with noble spiritual teachings,
passages in the good book, or books,
meditation, prayers, contemplation
& time with teachers, friends
on retreat or in solitude,
we interconnect to truth, the source, the creator,
the pure land, the kingdom.
Henceforth, skipping off
with hands & hearts happy,
singing along with voices in the sky.
Offering our wholesome goodness
to ourselves or, perhaps, multitudes.

An offering of sweet incense for beautiful continuations
of slowly ripening aspirations
& practices of love in everyday life.
May mastery of your full potential be realized,
abiding with calm acceptance,Β  with each
moment’s success and/or failure.

fallen fruit ~d nelson

fallen fruit ~d nelson


85 thoughts on “We’re Summer Slowly Ripening

  1. Cate

    A beautiful reflection and images, Friend. Thank you. I often am discouraged at how unripe I remain — still so green and hard. This ripening is a slow process, indeed, especially for humans ….

    1. smilecalm Post author

      I’m grateful for your kind, wise support, Cate! I missed this comment which had been put in the spam folder; not sure why.
      Wishing you gentle, calm breaths which offer comforting clarity on your true maturity πŸ™‚

  2. Val Boyko

    Thank you for this welcome reminder of the goodness that mother nature produces with the help of growers.
    May we all ripen to our full sweetness while on this earth πŸ’›

    1. smilecalm Post author

      yes, i admit
      the ripe banana
      didn’t make it to the photo shoot
      whole, as planned, susan!
      a good reminder to look in the frig
      for stuff that has gone beyond
      ripe πŸ™‚

  3. Dennis the Vizsla

    hello smilecalm its dennis the vizsla dog hay ar those aprikots in that wun pikcher??? we yoozed to hav too aprikot trees heer and they mayd so menny delishus yummy aprikots all the skwirrels kaym to eet them and they got so fat!!! but then the aprikot trees died and their wuz mutch sadness!!! ok bye

    1. smilecalm Post author

      i’m happy yoo lived to tell da tail, Dennis!
      so sad for fat sqkwirrls & ded trees, but
      maybe they come back as new characters
      at another time πŸ™‚

  4. Michael

    It is a wise reminder, David, that we come to life in stages, and each of them perfectly so. Each day’s bounty of sunlight and rain can produce almost imperceptible growth in the forest, and yet in time, it is teeming with living potential. Your beautiful words and images here remind of the perfection in each step, and the glorious colors of the ripening rainbow life!


    1. smilecalm Post author

      happy i’m reminded by your words, of our shining
      sharing of ripening over time within
      this magnificent, fleeting rainbow, Michael!
      your maturity provides light
      that myself & others can taste
      test our own fruit, thus be served
      at our own, recognized peak ripeness πŸ™‚

  5. litebeing

    We are always in a state of ripening, whether we share this awareness or not. I wonder if even decay is the beginning of another ripening cycle? Brown bananas are the sweetest, after-all.

  6. Genie

    Yes, the good ol’ summertime,
    Days of fresh fruit, swimming,
    Lots of in season veggies,
    And these days… wildfires…
    However, our love is focused
    On the good earth
    And each other,
    So we can possibly/maybe survive
    What humans have done
    To our dear Mother Nature…

    1. smilecalm Post author

      yes, dear one
      this staying heart focused is our challenge.
      and i imagine you early on,
      a couple hundred years back,
      as the industrial revolution unleashed
      full warfare against the earth,
      crying out poetically,
      “this way will lead to our demise, stop the coal burning, love Mother Nature.”
      Makes me happy knowing
      you are there, Genie,
      making the world better πŸ™‚


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