The Pear Eaters
On raised legs the foxes slide their
incisors over hard green pears
suspended on the stem, still so
firmly attached they do not fall
to the ground to be finished off.
Others fall, that foxes leave, having
eaten carousels of bite-fulls,
leaving others to the groundhog.
I leave the incisored ones on the branch,
rescue those untouched to bring inside to ripen.
© Laura Rodley, 2019
Laura Rodley is a Massachusetts poet whose latest books are Counter Point (Prolific Press) and Turn Left at Normal (Big Table Publishing). Her poem “Resurrection” (published on New Verse News) appears in The Pushcart Prize XXXVII: Best of the Small Presses (2013 edition).
Laura Rodley teaches the As You Write It memoir class and has edited and published As You Write It, A Franklin County Anthology Volumes I-VI, which was nominated for a Mass Book Award.
Just a week ago on August 23, Laura Rodley’s poem “You Don’t” appeared in the New Verse News–follow the link to read it.