A Prolific Vine

Broad matt leaves on sprawling
stems tumbled over bent battered
sheets of the old corrugated
iron fence, sheets attached
to slowly rotting posts
on the neighbour’s side.

I trimmed these stems from
time to time hoping to see
tiny green bunches likely to
grow into grapes hiding under
large flat leaves like those
spreading along vineyard wires.

No grapes ever appeared.
My hopes were dashed when
the vine at last sent fruit
over the fence, no cluster
of tiny green fruit but a
large ugly green egg
shaped object with a green
thorny skin – a choko !!

No flavoursome flesh but
white tasteless matter
needing chutney cooking
and seasonings for eating/

It went back over the fence.

A Prolific Vine

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