Oceans and Orchards


Has the world gone mad?
A deep ache in its own ancient
springs, a superstitious shake
of salt over left shoulder. Our
fault lines are showing. Trace

them in the sand, stain them
to your skin – strength in numb.

Apples are falling
far and wide. They touch the earth
with crimson sting, too much
for their own sweet centers. Hold

one at length, and watch it

Do you feel that pain?

These things are beyond
the laws of Newton, magnifying
forests for trees.


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11 Responses to Oceans and Orchards

  1. Jae Rose says:

    I think the world is definitely mad…There’s a type of apple called Newtons apple I think (saw it on TV just recently)..it’s very hard to see the forests for the trees or the oceans for the waves

  2. Sky says:

    This is absolutely beautiful.
    “strength in numb” … How powerful.
    And what a fantastic title!

  3. I wonder sometime it is as bad though.. maybe we just see the rotten apples and miss all the fruits that are waiting in their sweetness.

  4. Candy says:

    Love it – especially “our fault lines are showing. great use of the word prompt.

  5. oldegg says:

    Our fault lines have always been there it is just that nothing is hidden anymore. Each day we must now experience the pain in the Middle East, china, and every other backyard and feel so helpless and feel the pain too as you state.

  6. I like strength in numbApples! The sin is everywhere, all the time, that’s for sure. I love your title and the way you connect the two in the poem. You are right – the problems are beyond the science of anything. Human nature is a double-edged sword.

  7. Cressida says:

    Interesting poem , Enigmatic aspect to it, I don’t know how many would feel that pain and probably for different reasons. A lot depends on prevailing views rather than individual responses.

  8. tsdwords says:

    Fault lines showing, strength in numb, crimson sting–then tying it together perfectly beyond the laws of Newton. You make me smile, ache, laugh. All in the same poem. In awe of your talent 🙂 ❤

  9. ihatepoetry says:

    Not sure I understand this in my mind, but I feel in it my ever widening gut. Very intriguing and fun.

  10. C.C. says:

    “Our fault lines are showing”—indeed!

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