Aris Dervis 2004
ancient Roman goddess Pomona had dominion over fruit orchards.
poem from Ovid's Metamorphoses describes her realm.
lived in ancient times,
nymph whose merest touch would green
would fill its boughs with fruit.
how Pomona loved her orchards!
of nature left her cold, but
Fruit trees! Apples! Pears! These were
great delight, her fiercest joy.
bore a knife, but not for hunting-
hers was used to trim a hedge
rose or cherry-wood, or to prune
fruitless tree, or graft an aged apple
that it burst forth fresh and new.
were her secret nurseries
trees were her beloved ones
never thirsted, never withered.
To live among Pomona's trees!
To be loved as much as that!
Translation by Mary Innes
were fortunate enough this spring to spend many days among the flowering
apple and cherry trees. These photos were taken in Riverside Park, New