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On My Corner,November 1st, 2020

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My next door neighbor set three boxes out
between the sidewalk and her lawn,
boxes of apples from her backyard orchard,
one of something like delicious
one of a rosy-cheeked yellow kind
— redolent of sweetness and of Fall —
a third of tart, green keepers
good for winter pies

A man with a backpack and knotted locks
stops by and gently picks out three delicious ones,
we smile,

then I take two rosies, knowing these apples well
and how they lust for ripened cheese

This morning, the old lady on the corner
has set her box out, too;
it holds a head of tired cabbage,
a bag of rice, one package of exotic teas and
all the trick-or-treats that
not a single costumed child had come to claim

Carolyn Lehman

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