A very plum… plum


Whenever I bite into a plum, I am always reminded of “The English Patient,” when Count Almásy tells the nurse, Hana, after biting into a plum: “This is a very plum … plum.”

I love that line. Its gramatical simplicity tells us that perfection is being what one is. The plum is perfect precisely because it is a “plum… plum.”

If only we could live our lives the same way – “a very life … life.”


– “The English Patient” was written by Michael Ondaatje (1993) and made into a movie under the direction of Anthony Minghella (1996). Both versions are wonderful.
– The bowl is from Turkey, and I bought the plums this morning at the market.