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The best ripening happens over time – this is a wonderful poem that speaks to ripe and unripe fruit:

In the season of sweet melon and cantaloupe,

The grapes cannot know their own luscious ripeness,

The heavy readiness to let go of the vine.

The green wheat, just beginning to sprout.

Like some poor child, all vanity and ego,

Thinks it wants to be young forever.

When pistachios crackle open

By moonlight, they are joyfully sighing,

Why did we not know?

From “The Ripe and Unripe Fruit”

Author: Teresa Nizza

Teresa Nizza is a spiritual director, lay theologian, retreat facilitator, lecturer, volunteer chaplain and co-founder of mainespiritus and Tools for Intentional Living (TILT)©. She is a graduate of the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, CA and she earned a certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Mercy Center for Hope and Healing in Colorado.

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