Women in Paradise

by SARA WATSON


Here is the orchard just the way you wanted:

these apples you said would sustain us forever.

You have never seen so many apples.

Here is a ladder and a bushel basket and sometimes

a young Jo March gobbling apples and reading.

If you cut an apple in half you’ll find a star.

That’s what they taught us in Girl Scouts, and not what you find 

when you part a woman’s thighs, or how to share a life 

day after day with someone who needs you like water 

or sunlight, or someone you cannot stop kissing.

What is best about our story is that the apples

are so straightforward: We don’t have to resist them.

We are two hungry Girl Scouts in a wilderness

of apples. And we don’t have to resist them.