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Apple Cores


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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