By: Jenell Johnson
Strange Fruit By: Abel Meeropol
This poem influenced the song "Strange Fruit" by Billie Holiday:
Southern trees bear strange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze,
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.
Pastoral scene of the gallant south,
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth,
Scent of magnolias, sweet and fresh,
Then the sudden smell of burning flesh.
Here is fruit for the crows to pluck,
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck,
For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop,
Here is a strange and bitter crop.
- What is the feeling and/or mood of the song?
- How do you feel after watching?
Author of the poem "Strange Fruit" which influenced the song "Strange Fruit" by Billie Holiday.
Probably what you think of when you hear the term "strange fruit"
On of the many artworks created after the song and poem "Strange Fruit"