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The apple tree over the fence
is switching between
clocks of winter and spring.
Last year’s crop was packed with worms;
the ones that fell in our yard
landed too hard to put in a pie.
My bones agree with weaker branches
flopping from pillars of the thick, gray trunk.
People I love are breaking
like old paperclips.
Even in youth, I’ve always known
health is just a flock of pigeons
dining in Trafalgar Square.
A gasp comes from my surgeon’s mouth,
I take too many steps at once,
and suddenly the birds are gone.
I am scarecrows in a field—
one who tells the lucky ones
to hold on tight to what they have.
Alone between the stiff white sheets,
I’m wondering what matters now.
Why does my phone neglect to ring?
But quitting’s just a slick raccoon
that ruins gardens when it’s dark.
Every day I tell myself
to shoot invaders of the night,
replace the soil, plant new seeds,
when morning arrives like a gift on the porch.
I tell myself—take photos of the Northern Star.
When eyes grow weaker than they are,
I’ll study disappearing light.
Janet I. Buck, Central Point, Oregon
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