The Winter (Essence of) Pear

Essence of Pear
We humans are always looking, but perhaps seldom seeing.  Hence my attempt to “see” a pear.

Is always Age severe?
Is never Youth austere?
Spring-fruits are sour to eat;
Autumn’s the mellow time.
Nay, very late in the year,
5 Short day and frosty rime,
Thought, like a winter pear,
Stone-cold in summer’s prime, May turn from harsh to sweet.
– The Winter Pear By William Allingham (1824–1889) From ‘Ballads and Songs’

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