An episode I recollect
makes me both happy and sad
it is one of my childhood in fact
about the gooseberry both good and bad .
Gooseberries bloom in December
relished by all, old and young
the salted ones take the cue of amber
while being delicious makes one strong
Gooseberries are a storage of resources
replenish vitamins and iron profuse
the small round fruit is silky, not coarse
hard for anyone to refuse.
Gooseberries represent a quality less
not too enjoyable as the one physical
referred to a muff and the brainless
know not how this came into being.
That day in school long years ago
a friend of mine broke down all too sudden
as a reference had hurt her ego
interrogated her to know the reason.
After a time, she came out
in between her sobs said with a whimper
she is a gooseberry all throughout
as to her dearest pal’s quote
Gooseberries that command merit
play this role in the abstract fare
there are two sided to the coin of credit
one is fair other turns bare.