Concerned Cultivation

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree
which may prove problematic
for the apple seeds
seeking purchase in the ground
which offers all its nutrients
to the giant tree sucking them up.

The seeds
can only struggle in the shadow
of the tree,
soaking in all the sun,
leaving no rays but some kind of dappler effect
onto the ground
where the seeds can hope to receive them.

How can a new tree grow
in the wake of the already existing tree?
It’s hopeless
unless a bird
opts to fly the seed somewhere else
– hopefully some tree-uninfested land.

So the options become:
wither and die
beneath your parent
or pray
for a bird to swallow and shit you out
in a more hospitable place.

At least when Jesus’ dad fucked with him,
he could come back later
with the chance to flourish.

About Jonathan Berger

I used to write quite a bit more.
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