Mar/Apr 2021 • Vol. XLIII No. 2 Nature’s NatureMarch 1, 2021 |

Grapeland

Six of cups: a place where I can sit with my eyes half-closed, trees nibbling visibly involved in my days. Here grapes are as buoyant as balloons. A woman comes out with a bag says Here, enjoy what you need, You ever tasted grapes directly from the vine? after they’re allowed to ripen slowly, they taste of bountiful intimacies, with a distaste for the quick benefits. I watch you, soberly weighing the facts of fantasies against hard realities. You’re right, love. They’ll never taste like this in the marketplace commodities. We may as well be dead, denied our justified fruits.

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Nikki Wallschlaeger’s work has been featured or is forthcoming in Nation, Georgia Review, Brick, Witness, American Poetry Review, POETRY, and others. She is the author of the full-length collections Houses (Horseless Press, 2015) and Crawlspace (Bloof, 2017), as well as the graphic chapbook I Hate Telling You How I Really Feel (Bloof Books, 2016). She lives in the Driftless region of Wisconsin with her family.

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