Wednesday, March 4, 2020


Tuesday Poetics, and HA has asked us to
turn our poetic talents to the apple.
Submitted to dVerse
March 4, 2020

An apple a day keeps the doctor away
or so it’s told to me
and I’m assured the apple
doesn’t fall far from the tree

There’s a lot of folklore 
with which we seem to grapple
about Eve and the asp in the garden
and, of course,  Adam's apple

Just one bad apple, they tell us
will spoil the entire barrel
but an apple for the teacher
is much-desired desk apparel

Mary can’t sit under the apple tree
til Johnny comes marching back
and rumor has it, so I heard
he left with an apple in his sack

It was poison in the apple
that felled our sleeping beauty
she’d likely be still asleep
if the prince hadn’t done his duty

It seems there are apples everywhere
in songs we sing and books we read
and amazingly we owe it all
to that vagabond John Appleseed.


  1. This is great, and now I know about Johnny Appleseed as well... after having read Glenn's poem before.

  2. Nice survey of these tales about apples. It amazes me how common our knowledge is of some things.

  3. Apples are God's gift, and no, not from that tree.

  4. What a great job of weaving all this lore together into one poem!