Apples

 

Although we’re far from Eden
and dirty with the centuries
come lie with me beneath them
imaginary apple trees

Which one is more beautiful
the goldfish or the silver bowl
The world is made of oil and honey
Part of you and part of me

The apples and the cinnamon
and how they taste together
the walnut lets its green fruit fall
and grows into another


 

Based on a midrashic text (on Exodus 1) in which the women are given credit for keeping the Israelites going in Egypt during slavery under Pharoah; they lured their exhausted husbands to the orchards and seduced them, thereby creating a next generation. With a nod to my favorite Passover food.