Northwords Now Issue 39

The FREE literary magazine of the North

Apple-Tree Leaves

by Robin Fulton Macpherson

He looks thinner than last time.
In his dense garden there are now spaces
soon wide enough for winter to move in.

There are apples to reach for,
to twist off, ripe bitter Discoveries.
Each nudge sends down still green apple-tree leaves.

There’s plenty of space between them in the air,
plenty between on the ground.