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Apple Trees

ZZ Jelenic

I've been thinking

About apple trees

How they must

Be planted in pairs

To grow

How they must

Be different from their parents

And each other

To yield the sweetest fruit

How they must

Roll and root

Into each other

Beneath the earth


I just thought

I'd let you know

How they must

ZZ Jelenic is a Ukraine-born, Brooklyn-bred poet and mother. Her poetry has been published in The Poetry Society of New York's Milk Press and will be published in A Thousand Flower Books' upcoming poetry anthology, "When Flowers Sing" this Spring. Find her on Instagram @zzjelenicpoetry.

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