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MURRAY COUNTY POETRY

Poems by Murray Poets and Poems About Murray County
THE FIG TREE
by
John Homer Luffman
1910-1987


WHEN THE FIG TREE SHOWS HER LEAVES
WE SAY THAT SUMMER'S NIGH
WE MAY RIGHTLY THEN EXPECT
FRUIT FROM IT BY AND BY.
BUT ONCE THE MASTER SAW A TREE
AND SEARCHED EACH TINY LIMB,
EXPECTING FOOD THAT WOULD RENEW
THE WANING STRENGTH IN HIM.
IT SHOWED PROMISE BUT NO MORE,
AND CHRIST MAY WELL HAVE SAID,
"YOU HAVE FAILED YOUR PURPOSE SO,
YOU MIGHT AS WELL BE DEAD."
PROMISES ARE NOT CONDEMNED-
THEY'RE VERY NICE, INDEED.
BUT WHEN HUNGER COMES, 'TIS TRUE,
THE FRUIT IS WHAT WE NEED.


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