POEMS AND APPLE TREES HAVE A LOT IN COMMON
Prune to keep the center open
to light and air,
cut away anything that does not bear fruit
remove every branch crossing another
and all water shoots
that might appear.
A fruiting branch is always doing
something besides what it’s doing
at the moment. Cut away
this year’s blossom and you’ve killed
next year’s fruit waiting just behind the bud.
At any point step back, consider
any cut you plan to make, reconsider
how the thing will look with one less branch.
Every cut redefines the tree,
the blossom, and the fruit
it will bear next fall.