Ode to a Watermelon

Duncan MacDowall
1 min readApr 26, 2020
Photo by Scott Webb on Unsplash

Oh watermelon, you large berry, you queen of swollen roundness
I dream of you sometimes,
From seed: tendrils spreading, coiled lover’s embrace.
I watch you, grow
From tight, hungry, thirsting pip.
I sense you
How bold you are. A Tiger’s kill. A feast.
I lick my lips
As you honey-drip. Your nectar stream. Slow ruby river.
I see you.
Sharp blade. Bent back. Seed spreading.
And remember you
You gorgeous shamble.You messy stain.
Oh watermelon, you’ve left your mark
You wild, wide girl



Duncan MacDowall

Sometime writer and satirist with an interest in current affairs, religion, sport, literature and a propensity towards penning political poems. London based.