There's a little-known wild fruit
that grows along Missouri river banks
(and all along the cabin driveway,
next to the limestone bluffs)
called the paw paw.
Known by country folk as custard apples,
these fruits turn ripe this time of year,
and it's best to pick 'em before the
wild critters get 'em
(or they will be quick to disappear.)
Paw paws have a soft flesh inside
when ripe, and taste like a cross
between a banana and a mango.
Like the old country song lyrics go:
Pickin' up paw paws,
put 'em in your pocket.
Way down yonder in the paw paw patch.
Closest neighbors (Walt & Carolyn),
at the top of the hill
came down to share some home-cooked food
for a great country meal.