Have you ever received a cryptic message, only to spend the next few minutes trying to figure out what it actually means?
D.C. area poet Kim Roberts received a text from her housemate that inspired her to write this witty, intriguing poem. So much depends on the sender . . . and what the receiver wants to hear. 🙂
POMOLOGY by Kim Roberts I will eat the apple read Stephen’s note this morning. He is volunteering to play Eve. He wrote, I will eat the apple —but there are no apples in the house. We have no lascivious Honeycrisp, no bonny Braeburn, no upright Baldwin. We’re out of spry Granny Smiths, the skulking Northern Spy, or the mysterious Pink Lady. Stephen does have an Adam’s apple and I have an Apple computer, but you can’t compare apples and oranges. The note said, I will eat the apple. Perhaps Stephen’s chasing out the doctors. Perhaps he’s not falling far from the tree. Or he’s already eaten from the tree of knowledge: in Latin, malum means both apple and evil. I think Stephen is sending a warning. He means, I will protect you. He writes, I will eat the apple. ~ Originally published in Poem-a-Day, August 2017 by the Academy of American Poets
This is just to say, I’m happy Kim figured out what Stephen was trying to tell her, but . . . what if the sender had been one of my poet friends? What were they really trying to tell me?
I will eat the apple (we seem to be out of plums) ~ William Carlos Williams
I will eat the apple (I have had too much of apple-picking) ~ Robert Frost
I will eat the apple (peaches are too risky) ~ T.S. Eliot
I will eat the apple (that is all ye need to know) ~ John Keats
I will eat the apple (to peel or not to peel, that is the question) ~ Shakespeare
I will eat the apple (judge tenderly of me) ~ Emily Dickinson
I will eat the apple (a man and a woman and an apple are one) ~ Wallace Stevens
I will eat the apple (a strain of the Earth’s sweet being in the beginning in Eden’s garden) ~ Gerard Manley Hopkins
I will eat the apple (be astonished and tell about it) ~ Mary Oliver
I will eat the apple (to follow my inner moonlight) ~ Allen Ginsberg
I will eat the apple (like a complete unknown)~ Bob Dylan
I will (not only)eat (but hold in my heart) the apple – E. E. Cummings
Now, when Mr Cornelius writes, I will eat the apple,
I know he actually means, I will eat the apple galette.
Want one? 🙂