Fall (2016)

Fall (2016)

There were
no apples.
Last year, the flies were boozy
with the glut;
but in this season, the flies made do
with dust, woozing only
about silled windowpanes.

Mounding the apples
was more fun,
though we should not have picked
so many–when they oozed, we tossed
some back, as if  in recompense, as if to defend
the orchard against all dearth,
as if apples could help
with such things.


Poem for Magali’s prompt on Real Toads to write of fruit stillborn (or other things) in the face of climate change.  For April.  (Not sure if I’m doing a poem a day, but will see.)  Pic is not exactly apple pic, but a recent one of mine–all rights reserved.

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9 Comments on “Fall (2016)”

  1. There is much to say about consuming too much and wasting, about how fun it can be… and, then, we have to deal with having nothing. Your last few lines are very telling, they make me think about people who blame nature for man’s mistakes while expecting nature to make it all better again.

  2. Sherry Marr Says:

    I like the tossing some apples back, in recompense…….

  3. M Says:

    all these pens today, and especially yours, remind me of Billie Holiday ~

  4. Jim Says:

    I like the idea of tossing the silly fruit back. Survival of the fittest is one of Mom Nature’s set og rules. Too bad that some of the helped aren’t willing to return this kindness

  5. Rosemary Nissen-Wade Says:

    I love the language, especially the flies ‘boozy /with the glut’. I spent a lot of time on my grandparents’ apple orchard as a child, so this was redolent with remembered smells, tastes, sounds….

  6. I think the apples can help with such things… there is so much to love from a poem like this. The thought of an orchard and the apples made me smile and wish for at least an apple tree.

  7. Marian Says:

    As if apples could help. What do they say, an apple a day! I bet they can help, and surely would.

  8. Anonymous Says:

    “the flies were boozy” love that

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