Tuesday, May 7, 2019

bad year

Even in this bad year,
the apples grow heavy and round.
Three friends and I trade stories:
biopsy, miscarriage, solitude,
a parent's unravelling body or mind.
What is reliable? What do you hold?
I demand of the future, later.
The future - whose discretion is perfect -
says nothing, but rolls another
apple loose from its grip.
A hopeful yellow jacket comes to hunt
the crack, the point of easy entry.

~ Jane Hirshfield
from  After


Christopher said...

I love the poem. I can’t sort out the meaning of the yellow jacket hunting the crack.