Post Series: The Citrus Series: Poem with an explanation: Ripening citrus fruit

Upon a citrus tree there grows a fruit,
not ripened by the sun but still so green,
remaining there in its small verdure suit,
its yellow one right now cannot be seen.

Perhaps a time will come when time does pass,
eight weeks or more from where things are today,
contained within, the fruit may change its mass,
increasing as its hue does change each day.

The fruit may change to something that does glow,
remaining on the tree by the green leaves,
upon the branch its yellow hue may flow,
surrounding it as if in basket weaves.

From now till then the fruit may change its look,
resplendently shining in its green nook.


Upon the green branch,
it blends in now but may change,
the butterfly shines.



This poem is comprised of three forms combined together.  The whole poem is an acrostic poem that spells “Unripe Citrus Fruit”.  Within that, the first fourteen lines are a sonnet, and the last three lines are a haiku.

An acrostic poem was chosen because it would, at least in a minimal way, tie the poem to the idea of the Citrus Series.  Additionally, the poem is about an unripe citrus fruit ripening.  The photograph of the series can be seen here: The Citrus Series.

A sonnet was chosen because it was longer in length than some shorter poetry forms, and because, unlike a triolet for example, it did not have lines that repeated.  Repeating lines would not have been impossible, but would have required an experimental poetry form to accomplish it.

A haiku was chosen, because it is three lines long, and with the fourteen lines of the sonnet, it totals the seventeen lines necessary for the acrostic poem.  Additionally, there was the idea, that a haiku would sound different than the sonnet and would provide an interesting change at the end of the poem.