AUBADE / Robin Behn After the sadness of apples in August gone secretly soft inside their gorgeous, high-tech skins, after the thumbprints I left on them multipUed in the slanting waU of mirrors above the produce bin, looked at after they lay still, languishing, by someone not-quite-you, after they were sold to make pies not love, after the orchard grass that stUl remembered them of sweetness and even sweUed with bees, and the bees grew sick the queen grew sick of sweetness, her new generation suspended in apple blossom honey so that, later, they complained the world for them would always be doomed, everlastingly semi-sweet; after the faU, our faU and the other, after we'd ripened after in the heat of our one body, after we realized we could sell such a red we'd tasted us and said it was good, as our skuis had become by just touching roundnesses, after, when just looking across the room at each other 48 · The Missouri Review we could make the air crisp, make the sweet places harden, after we feU into a sleep so smooth even our dream blushed as we peered out through its rosaceous skin--; morning broke
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 1990
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