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.