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First Line: Up the road / I saw blackbirds
Last Line: But the stalks moving
Subject(s): Apples; Fruit


Up the road
I saw blackbirds
on the edge of a pine box.
When I got there
the birds flew a few feet away,
to the other side.
I looked down in the box.
There were red apples,
ripe, with stems still on them.
A sign on the box said Take One.
So I took one.
My, it was heavy,
and when I bit into it,
you would not believe
such sweetness. I walked on,
eating it down to the core.
When I finished, I threw the core
out over a cornfield.
A bird flew to catch it
before it hit the ground,
but it fell anyway.
The bird followed.
And I stood there,
not seeing anything
but the stalks moving
in the morning wind.
I waited, and the bird
came up, carrying the core.
He flew off across the field,
carrying this thing,
about twice the size
of his own head.


Used with the permission of Copper Canyon Press, P.O. Box 271, Port Townsend, WA
98368-0271, www.cc.press.org




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