Shadow & Bough – a poem by M.J. Iuppa

Shadow & Bough
Behold— the space
between shadow & bough
where two red pears sway in
ripeness— hidden in thick
green leaves swelling inches
above my head— like all
temptation is a two-handed
plot of rustling the goods with-
out disturbing the balance of
bodies— I know how to pivot,
reaching deep into that space
without suffering a slip that
would give me away in this
pinch of fruit that drops
into my ready hands.

M.J. Iuppa’s fourth poetry collection is This Thirst (Kelsay Books, 2017). For the past 31 years, she has lived on a small farm near the shores of Lake Ontario. Check out her blog: for her musings on writing, sustainability & life’s stew.

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