No apples on the Braeburn tree. Some years, they
do that, you say. Your father, the expert gardener,
told you so. I’m gloomy. I see portents, doom,
disaster. Our neighbor mows his lawn every third day.
His name is Gideon, and he claims that someone
named a lamp after him. Click goes the switch.
Start the mower: upside-down helicopter
chopping grass instead of sky. Meanwhile,
the pinwheel across the street, among daisies,
daffodils, and a towering sunflower, spins
like a turbine just before takeoff, passengers
fastening belts, actually listening to advice, learning
how to float on something that’s supposed to be a seat.
Copyright © 2014 Tod Marshall
Used with the permission of Canarium Books.