Double-shade

The apple tree and me.

The two of us:

me, beneath the tree but not in the shade;

the tree, beneath the sun but not in the light.

 

Clouds over me and the apple tree,

which makes three: the clouds, the apple tree, and me.

Or four—if you count the sun.

 

But really, we were five:

The moon in a staring contest with the sun,

the clouds in the moonshade,

and the apple tree and me

in the grey noon.

 

An eclipse in the double-shade

for the apple tree and me.

 

–M.M.

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