a delicious poem

Our Old Apple Orchard

Sharing Stories
January 31, 2023 at 3:48 p.m.
Elderly apple trees bring sweets to eager kids as well as browsing horses, pigs, and deer.
Elderly apple trees bring sweets to eager kids as well as browsing horses, pigs, and deer.

...by Barbara Ruby


Our Old Apple Orchard

As children we raced,

across our lower field,

to an ancient orchard,

to see what it could yield.

Climbing gnarled trunks, shaking limbs down,

rained scant fruit upon the ground.

Then gladly we ate what we had found.

Springtime blossoms still sweeten air,

promising cherries, apples, and pears,

harkening back one hundred years,

to our family’s pioneers.

Barbara Ruby is a long time Puyallup resident whose poems have appeared frequently in Sharing Stories and Northwest Prime Times Poetry Corner.

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