Conquering the Dragon(fruit)

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would have

guessed that past

your unfriendly

exterior was

a sweet reward for those

who adventured? who was the

first to make the discovery?

bright and beautiful, your scaly hide

suits the fierce creature for whom you were named,

even the plant which yields you is prickly,

unwelcoming, dangling and serpent-like,

was it a wanderer sick from thirst

who was the first to conquer you?

who knew cactus could produce

a sweet fruit, gorgeous in

fuschia pink color,

with juices that

dye your skin,



© Susan Joy Clark 2021

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This poem was written for the dVerse Poetics challenge. We were challenged to describe a fruit’s exterior and interior in a form of our choosing. I chose a double etheree. Dragonfruit (pitaya) seems to be getting trendy in the U.S., but I have only tried it recently. I bought some frozen cubes of the fruit to use in a fruit punch at Easter, and it did dye my hands with its juice. It seems it can also be white on the interior as well.

30 thoughts on “Conquering the Dragon(fruit)

    1. Thank you, Dale. Yes, I think I bought mine back at Easter time out of curiosity also. It’s so pretty. 🙂

    1. That’s a pretty good description. Thanks so much. I’m glad you enjoyed my poem.

    1. I do wonder about things like this sometimes. Who discovered that a coffee bean could make a delicious drink, for instance? Thanks for your comment, Selma. 🙂

  1. The epitome of ‘exotic’ fruit (at least to me) – I think I’ve tried it before, but never fresh off a cactus. I didn’t know they grew on cactuses so thanks for enlightening me 🙂

    1. Honestly, I just learned it myself. I was curious about how they grew and looked it up. What I learned helped me with my poem writing. 🙂

  2. I have never seen dragonfruit in real life, but my goodness, what an amazing colour and pattern to the flesh. Your double etheree has done it justice, Susan. The title of your poem made me think of St George and the dragon, so I imagine a thick, unwieldy skin, a ‘scaly hide’ that you must through before you can enjoy the ‘sweet reward’. I love the description in the lines:
    ‘even the plant which yields you is prickly,
    unwelcoming, dangling and serpent-like’.
    I like the imagining of the first person to discover its potential.
    Btw I just looked it up – it’s astonishingly dangerous-looking!

    1. Thank you, Kim. I love your thorough comment, sharing all your thoughts. It is a dangerous looking fruit. Buying the frozen fruit was simple. I don’t exactly know how to get past the scaly hide, so if I ever buy a fresh one, I may have to read some cooking tips. 😛 🙂

  3. I like dragon fruit, and I have a small plant – still waiting for it to bear though. I have to keep it indoors because we get heavy frosts over winter. Hopefully next season.
    Wonderful poem!

    1. Thanks Kate. I will be very curious about your dragonfruit plant. You’ll have to share an update. 🙂

  4. Oooh this is absolutely riveting 😀 I have never had dragon-fruit before .. so it was fun visualizing through your words. 💝💝

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