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Poem: Sea of White Apple Blossoms

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Posted on September 17, 2015 | Blog Category:
By Gary Margolis



Sea of White Apple Blossoms

With all this presidential hopeful fear

of uninvited immigrants, I’m happy

to be standing in line at customer

 

service, behind a Jamaican man, wiring

home money to his family on the island.

Seeing his smooth hands, the apple-picking

 

kind, a stem between his teeth, his Jamaican

toothpick. He and his friends wear their famous

knitted pullover hats, in this fall time

 

of chilling air. And speak in their lilting voices,

as if they were still in the orchard, rolling apples

into their filling baskets. Working, this far north,

 

to pay a son’s college tuition. To put money away

to start their own singing business. Here in one

of America’s three Whitest states. In May,

 

the ridge is a sea of white blossoms. After the snow

fields have melted. After our nation will have

decided who to send to the White House,

 

in Vermont we call the People’s Grange,

better a refrigerated storehouse for voting apples.

Better in this line to love saying mon.

— Gary Margolis, Cornwall

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