Kumquat, as he was known

Worked each Saturday morning
In Fruit & Veg, it was said
And school holidays
When not playing cricket
Which was all winter
And much of the summer too
Given so much English weather
Is unsuited to chasing leather
Across a field freshly mown

In China the Kumquat’s known
As the golden orange fruit
It’s bitter-sweet
Quite a thing to eat
Its thin skin and all
Unlike the cricket ball
Which were it to meet
Someone’s front teeth
Would provoke a ghastly moan


n.b. NaPoWriMo 2023, Day 17 prompt, a specific fruit poem.

Kumquat was a keen cricketer and turned out to be a decent player and all round good bloke. Great nickname, in a team of mostly great nicknames.

“Chasing leather” refers to the fielding part of the game of cricket. It means to chase after a cricket ball.

Cricket balls weigh at least five and a half ounces (159.99g) and no more than five and three-quarter ounces, (163g).

They are made of a cork core, which is bound tightly in string, before being incased firmly in leather. The two pieces of leather are joined by a raised seam.

Cricket balls are solid, hard objects which can seriously hurt a player if not fielded correctly.

CLP 17/04/17


  1. I had this poem open overnight to read and I think this is what got kumquat into my today’s poem – and the fact that I tried my first last week. And the fact that K is a tough letter. So thanks. 🙂 Better kumquat to my teeth than the ball!

    1. Hi Manja, A great K word and a tasty fruit too! Hope all well 🙂

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