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J.P. Dancing Bear and Julie Speed
Still Life With Suicide Bomber 1
after a painting by Julie Speed
Always this animated debate about the fruit
Eve pulled down from the Tree
of Knowledge. Others so certain
of Pomegranates. And a few
who believe in how the shape of a pear fits
the human hand like a grenade. The shadow
of fruit with stems can be man-
ipulated into the rough horn of a devil.
Think of the ear as pear shaped—
if only a human could hear like fruit does!
Imagine the music of pollination
each day, like a prayer-song,
and that this is as close to God
as you will ever come. That the pluck
of a stem is not defilement
but a rebirth—a renewal of faith.
If mouths are as silent as a pears
then seeds would be our common tongue.
I would speak my mind
in branches and leaves without fear
of another’s terrible blossoming hand.