Rot is a gradual process. It begins while the fruit is ripe and dangling from the tree. Once it falls, the process is in full, and the fruit must be thrown away or eaten quickly.
I have picked mangoes off the ground of warm places because they taste good when they are just about bad. They are also delicious before they become ripe. Mangoes are an exception.
But, this is not about exceptions. This is about the gradual process of rot, even while clinging to a tree. Even while young and pleasant, with clean clothes and comfortable heels. Being mindful of the ground does not mean being ready for the fall.
So thankful that VerseWrights recently featured my poem “Gradual Rot” on their home page. Thanks!