May/June 2017 • Vol. XXXIX No. 3 Nature's Nature |

Pears

—after paintings by Samuel Bak Moths I was about to peel an apple. The apples were flushed and about to ripen. I was about to draw the blades of the scraper across the apple's taut skin. I was about to smile. I was about to unfold a white cloth over the table. The child was about to tell me something. My husband was about to button his jacket. I was about to ask, will you need your umbrella. The child was about to draw his stick of charcoal across a sheet of paper. I was about to slice into the crisp tartness of the apple. My husband was about to leave to pick up the morning paper. I was about to watch the white cloth settle like moths over the table. I was about to kneel to see what the child was drawing with such rapt concentration. I was about to ask, shoes or galoshes.   ∗ ∗   Sweetness and sweat In fact it's much simpler. A man lives in an alley. He sits on a stool eating a pear. The buildings are vacant. The man falls asleep. He dreams he is livi

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Lee Sharkey is the author of Calendars of Fire (Tupelo Press, 2013) and three other full-length collections. Her poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, Field, Nimrod, Prairie Schooner, and Seattle Review. She is the coeditor of the Beloit Poetry Journal.

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