How to Grow an Apple Tree

or How to Measure the Specificity of the Whole

By Esme, age 8


i think that

this chestnut-brown pip case from the pith

of a single apple fruit

is early food for its seed

to germinate


to then shoot upwards

slowly slowly


with its roots shooting downwards

slowly slowly

taking in dewdrops somehow

but nothing is certain

especially time


stem seems to like

warm moist earth

for growing well

into the fiery singe of light

for growing blossom

that blossoms

into blossomy, juicy

reddish or green-like apples


caring I watch carefully …

for their blazing


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