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Tell Me Again

about the man

with the pear tree

who lost his wife

after fifty-six years of marriage

and how he had that old gnarled tree

in his backyard, and that that tree

doesn’t know when enough is enough.

That last month

he had to prop the poor thing’s branches up

with two-by-fours

it was so laden with fruit, &

how he gave you a bagful of those pears

and their scent filled the car,

even with the window rolled down.

Poem: JULIA KLATT SINGER writes poems, is the poet in residence at Grace Nursery School, and a rostered artist for Compas. She is the author of three books of poetry, her most recent, Untranslatable, and coauthor of Twelve Branches: Stories from St. Paul. She’s cowritten songs with composers Tim Takach and Jocelyn Hagen.


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