poetry by j matthew waters

picking & choosing

they were waiting to have a child
until they could afford one
an unlikely proposition
especially during a recession

he would tell stories about being
the only child
while she lamented
of being the youngest of the litter

childhood memories
didn’t appear to have any bearing
with their recent decision-making
or lack thereof

when spring arrived they planted
a grafted apple tree
special-ordered from the nursery
the kind with four varieties

months later the economy improved
the apples ripe for picking
each one given a name
alternating between boy & girl

may two thousand twenty-three
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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