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Poem: Fences without borders

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Posted on October 5, 2015 | Blog Category:
By Gary Margolis



Fences Without Borders

 

My neighbor leans a shovel against his wild

apple, so it appears he, or someone, can shovel

a tree-full of drops under the electric fence.

 

The cows wander over this fifth day

of October our government is making excuses

for the bombs they dropped undercover.

 

The cows risk themselves for sweet, rotting apples.

So we can see bodies stacked by a trunk.

And remember what blossoms can become.

 

What bees do with what they find,

overwhelming their hive. I can’t help

but thinking of them, too.

 

The cows sparking the fence, pawing the apples

to draw them over,

anything they can do to sweeten the taste

 

in their mouths, what we did over there,

they have no way of knowing,

before the first frost.

— Gary Margolis, Cornwall

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