July 24th Birthday Love: Robert Graves

Robert Graves

Cherry-Time

Cherries of the night are riper
Than the cherries pluckt at noon
Gather to your fairy piper  
When he pipes his magic tune:  
        Merry, merry,
        Take a cherry;  
        Mine are sounder,  
        Mine are rounder,  
        Mine are sweeter  
        For the eater
        Under the moon.  
And you’ll be fairies soon.  
 
In the cherry pluckt at night,  
With the dew of summer swelling,  
There’s a juice of pure delight,
Cool, dark, sweet, divinely smelling.  
        Merry, merry,  
        Take a cherry;  
        Mine are sounder,  
        Mine are rounder,
        Mine are sweeter  
        For the eater  
        In the moonlight.  
And you’ll be fairies quite.  
 
When I sound the fairy call,
Gather here in silent meeting,  
Chin to knee on the orchard wall,  
Cooled with dew and cherries eating.  
        Merry, merry,  
        Take a cherry;
        Mine are sounder,  
        Mine are rounder,  
        Mine are sweeter.  
        For the eater  
        When the dews fall.
And you’ll be fairies all.

-Robert Graves

1 comment

  1. Though I must disagree, just made cherry jam from my cherries – all picked in daylight – and it’s the best I’ve ever made.

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