Apple Slices

“Apple Orchard,” glass negative, ca. 1920, Harris & Ewing Collection, Library of Congress.

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Apple Slices

by Todd Boss
Southern Cultures, Vol. 20, No. 2: Summer 2014

"...flavored of tin from the lip of the cup of a dented thermos passed between us—"

Apple Slices
eaten rightoff the jackknife in
moons, half moons,
quarter moons and
crescents
still
summon common
summer afternoons
I spent as my dad’s
jobsite grunt, framing
future neighbors’
houses out of 2x4s
and 4x6s,
and our
brief and silent pick-
up tailgate lunch-
box lunch breaks
of link sausage,
longhorn cheddar,
larder pickles, cold
leftover roast-beef-
and-butter sandwiches
wrapped in paper,
a couple of pippins
from the Fall Crick
Pick-n-Save, and
flavored of tin from
the lip of the cup
of a dented thermos
passed between us
a hard-earned share
of still-chill well
water . . .
Now
so many waned and
waxed moons later,
another well-paid,
well-fed, college-
bred paper-pusher, I
wonder that I’ve never
labored harder, nor
eaten better.

 

 

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