Apricot business

Picking the apricot from the apricot tree
I thought to myself
has this apricot been placed on the branch
expressly for me?

I know why it bloats so weighted
to fall to the earth where it’s sated
now comes a man along
who rests it free before
it gets a chance
to fall—

did I cheat mother nature from claiming a son?

but that was not my fruitful thought
standing on the balls of my toes
armpits outstretched inhaling
the sun—

I smiled
like someone was watching
and someone was pleased—

for this apricot was placed on the branch
expressly for me

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