Sunday, September 25, 2005

Strange Fruit

Strange Fruit in Miami Botanical Gardens August 2003
I took this photo in 2003 whilst visiting Miami. The heat, humidity and very Americaness of it all reminded me of a poem by Abel Meeropol.

Southern trees bear a strange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
Black body swinging in the Southern breeze,
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.

Pastoral scene of the gallant South,
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth,
Scent of magnolia sweet and fresh,
And the sudden smell of burning flesh!

Here is a fruit for the crows to pluck,
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck,
For the sun to rot, for a tree to drop,
Here is a strange and bitter crop.

Abel Meeropol, Strange Fruit, (1939)

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