Friday, March 30, 2018

Old cherries

    It was a good idea, cutting away
    the vines and ivy, trimming back
    the chest-high thicket lazy years
    had let grow here. Though it wasn't for lack

    of love for the trees, I'd like to point out.
    Years love trees in a way we can't
    imagine. They just don't use the fruit
    like us; they want instead the slant

    of sun through narrow branches, the buckshot
    of rain on these old cherries. 

Nathaniel Perry
Nine Acres
  Re-making a
  Neglected Orchard

Saul Leiter

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