Wild Apples

giving my apple core a toss
watching it arc

and land in a forest clearing
i think of you Dad

saying where should i plant
an apple tree today

a habit from boyhood summers
at your uncle’s orchard

continuing into your college days
on a motor scooter

with Mom exploring every mountain
and forest in Pennsylvania

the fall and only the fall
was for apples

culminating in your favorite
the stayman winesap

but after all those cores
for all those years

you’re in the ground
now yourself

and i keep looking
for those wild apple trees

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