Embrace by Janie StapletonPoecology
Issue 5

Jake Young

In the Olive Orchard

He cuts away
the dead wood
with an axe
so that next year,
new branches
will bear fruit.
He has named each tree,
and as he works,
he talks to them,
tells them that
his back is doing better,
comments on
how strong they’ve grown,
and promises that when
he leaves this world,
he will carry
their names with him
into the earth.