‘Unripe’ and Other Poetry by Nicholas Froumis The Society April 27, 2016 Culture, Humor, Poetry 3 Comments Unripe Deceived are we by the state of the skin, when overly reliant on our eyes. Of greater concern is what lies within, under the surface we find the true prize. A gentle squeeze applied to test the fruit, we learned the skill at a tender young age. In relationships we can follow suit, to avoid inevitable outrage. Better to leave the unripe on the shelf, than be fooled by a pleasant appearance. And never forget to remind oneself, of the pitfalls of those marked for clearance. Kindness The cardboard sign was folded and tattered, with a message written in bold blank ink. His appearance was dirty and battered, and with each passing car his face would sink. Probably a scam she thought in her head, as she searched in her wallet for money. But her heart was filled with mercy instead, for her kindness was sweeter than honey. So what if they consider me a fool? I’ll be a sucker in his little game. At least I won’t be considered cruel, by the One that loves all people the same. Nicholas Froumis is an optometrist in the Bay Area. He has previously published scientific writing in the American Journal of Ophthalmology and Optometry Times. His poetry is forthcoming in Touch: The Journal of Healing. He lives in San Jose, CA with his wife and daughter. Featured Image: Still life by Stone Roberts. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related 3 Responses B G April 28, 2016 I think your poems are wonderful. Reply elizabeth henry May 2, 2016 I think your ‘unripe’ poem is great! (And very true); thank you for posting it. Reply Hayden Bergman May 5, 2016 Yes, “Unripe” is magnificent! It sounds wonderful when I read it aloud, and your command of form is obvious. Those two together with a singular, poignant thought conveyed make it a joy to read. Thank you. Reply Leave a Reply to elizabeth henry Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.