Mango Madness

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub
Poetics:  How to Cut a Pomegranate  (posted by Kim)

"The challenge is to think of a fruit, how it looks before and after it has been cut open, and how it tastes. Think about where and how it grows, and what it makes you think of."

Mango–exotic name for a fruit
especially if you were growing 
up in Brooklyn.  Dad's passion 
was mangos.  Red and green ovals 
sat in bowls until deemed
ripe.  Too soon, and the taste
will be sour.  Too late,
and the fruit turns to mush.  
Do not be fooled by a mango's 
nondescript appearance.  Cut 
through skin in sections. Peel 
each one, and you will have found 
gold.  The center pit is large 
and long.  Your challenge is 
to remove as much golden fruit 
as you can.  Taste that juice, 
eat that fruit, and you will agree, 
the fuss is worth it.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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23 Responses to Mango Madness

  1. It makes me think of avocado, one of my favorite fruits, although I don’t always think of it as “fruit.” It’s a little bit of tricky thing to eat avocado at its prime also, not too early or too late. Enjoyed this poem and its ties to your family memories.


  2. Dale says:

    They truly are delicious when just right.


  3. Lucy says:



  4. Finding that perfect moment – so important. I love the childhood memories that have come with this prompt.


  5. Ingrid says:

    Mangoes are perfect when just ripe. I don’t blame your dad for his passion!


  6. kim881 says:

    The title alone is like a delicious mouthful, Sara, and I used to think the mango was exotic. Now I love them so much, I can’t get enough of them! Like all fruit, the timing is touch and go, but a sweet mango is a delight. Yes, the fuss is worth it.


  7. Oh, Sara. The title is yummy on its own and this line: Your challenge is
    to remove as much golden fruit
    as you can.

    they gave me memories of my sisters and me competing who could get the thinnest pit. we were young then so. 😀


  8. Grace says:

    Delicious and one of my favorite fruits. Love the title and all the fruity mangoes exotic sweetness!


  9. Sunra Rainz says:

    Oh, I quite agree, it’s definitely worth it! The sunny yellow ones from Pakistan are delicious! The red-green ones are deceptive, you’re right, too soon and they’re sour, too late and they’re mush. Lovely poem 🙂


  10. Helen Dehner says:

    Yes, oh yes! We have them often in homemade salsa, in margaritas, cut up in salad and topping yogurt! Nicely done, Ms. Sara.


  11. sanaarizvi says:

    This is absolutely stellar writing, Sara 😀 Mango is one of my favorites! 💝💝


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