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Of Apples And Yevtushenko

Updated on August 9, 2011

Yevtushenko wrote that stolen apples somehow tasted better.

Do the deer beneath our aged tree agree?


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The apple tree

Just down the hill

From our house

Was here long before

We arrived

And will likely reach

With thin and twisted branches

To the sky

When I am gone.


Midway through Autumn

Yellow-brown leaves

Stubbornly cling

To nearly barren branches

Challenging the steady

Chilling rain.


And midway

Between the earth below

And the topmost twigs

A defiant deformed sphere

Of russet red

Attracts my gaze

Demanding recoginition.


It is easy to admire

The tenacity

Of such a fragile fruit

Born of an ancient tree

And lacking all encouragement

To insist

To exist.




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      ralwus 6 years ago

      Aww but gravity gets us all in the end. Right?

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      Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA

      At least the deer get the benefit of the apples.

      We look forward to worms or ash-holes.

      Yeah, I tip my hat to the apple, resisting the inevitable.

      Here's to AppleJack and Hard Apple Cider.

      Cheers!

      CP

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      Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      I don't know if stolen apples taste better but wild plums sure do. I still recall breaking out into a clearing of just beginning to ripen wild plums with splotches of red and lime green and yellow and biting into the sweet yet tart taste of summer. I doubt if I will ever find such again except in the perennial youth of memory. Nice description Chris. =:)

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      Christopher Antony Meade 6 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      We have to admire anything that exists, and prospers against the odds. You apple tree should be worthy of a tale by Hans Christian Anderson. But your poem brings out it's timeless dignity beautifully. Thank you.

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      Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

      Nothing stolen is better. In my opinion it just perception from twisted fact. Created by thrill and stupidity. But your poem, always enjoyable to admire.

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      I loved this poem.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA

      Winsome,

      Isn't serendipity delicious!?!

      Thanks for stopping by.

      CP

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      Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA

      Freya,

      Far be it from me to condone thievery.

      Yevtushenko was simply alluding to the hint of rascal in us all.

      As to the deer that benefit of the bounty...they too were here before we joined the party, and I welcome their evening visits.

      Peace.

      CP

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      Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA

      Thank you Tony,

      Glad you liked it.

      Live long and Prosper.

      CP

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      Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA

      Christopher A,

      Oops, sorry to skip you!

      I'm not quite awake yet this morning. I'm rather a creature of the night.

      You're right, there could be many tales to be gleaned if only that old tree could talk. It's weathered many seasons.

      CP

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      Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Sure stolen apples taste better and they are also good for you. If still in doubt, just ask Adam and Eve

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      saddlerider1 6 years ago

      When I was a boy my favorite caper was raiding our neighbors apple tree to grab those ones so fresh and tasty that hung on the lower twigs.

      Yet from above the last remaining shriveled red lies dormant till the end as the wily fox awaits it's fall for him to take back to his den to feed his young ones with the last cider of Autumn.

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      Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA

      Petra,

      There is just something about the apple's appeal...the lure, the temptation we all seem to recognize and share.

      What devious deity would declare this decidedly irresistible creation verboten to His two innocent children?

      Would Adam and Eve'e succumbing be as believable if the fruit were a banana or persimmon?

      I think not!

      CP

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      Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA

      Ah Ken,

      Whether Russia or Canada or the USA, boys will be boys.

      And the fox better scurry before the deer get every drop.

      Now I have a yearning for a tall glass of cider.

      Thanks.

      CP

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      carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I love this !!!!!

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      Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA

      Thanks Chris,

      That's nice to hear.

      CP

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      De Greek 6 years ago from UK

      What a lovely poem!

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      Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA

      Thank you, De G.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      OH! Don't apple trees talk? I thought I remember conversing with one when I lived further north! Some of these Texas fruit trees are so taciturn, though. . . .

      I love the poem, CP. I suppose Yevtushenko meant only to validate the free gifts of nature - not to just encourage theft! Surely that old brown apple preferred to be eaten lustily to merely dropping on the ground in disgrace!

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      Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA

      As I recall, Yevtushenko's poem spoke of childhood days, of walking with his friends along rural roads lined with apple trees heavy with ripe and tempting fruit...and of the enhanced flavor of such surreptitiously acquired booty.

      As for the tenacious apple reluctant to give way to gravity, there is no disgrace in becoming fodder for the wildlife browsing below.

      We should aspire to be so sustaining.

      CP

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      2enjoylife8 6 years ago from Amidst a cloud of creative energy.

      It was when I was younger too that stolen fruit was so deliciously tempting. Now I appreciate the tenacity of the seemly fragile. To think a silent tree could get to be that old, and still bear fruit.

      So I'm wondering if young deer steal the apples, and the old deer just enjoy the tree's shade?

      Thanks for the thoughts CP!

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      Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA

      2enjoylife8,

      Thanks for your comments.

      The older I become the more I respect ancient things that are still productive and useful and "Do not go gently into that good night".

      As I watch the deer graze they seem to all get their fair share before showing me their "white flags" and bounding through the brambles from whence they came.

      CP

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      dianeaugust 6 years ago from Tennessee

      Ah, you are truly a poet! I love the imagery of this poem and especially like the ending. Perfect. Looking forward to more. DA

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      Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA

      Diane,

      Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to stick around for awhile.

      You're always welcome.

      CP

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Stolen apples may taste best. Freya is right of course. So is Yevtushenko. All the apples belong to God. One stolen apple can nourish better than the bought. An apple on the ground - is "found".

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      Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA

      Funny Mickey,

      I sure the deer would agree.

      CP

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      attemptedhumour 6 years ago from Australia

      We called it scrumping when i was a kid back in England and stolen fruit is all the sweeter. I fell through a rusty tin garage roof when i was about ten onto the roof of an old, probably vintage car. The owner rescued me and carried me home, nice bloke that he was, then my dad took over. I also came to Australia in 77 with an apple picking job in Tasmania awaiting me. The people on the farm were incredibly hospitable and i spent my first six months in this wonderful country there. If my tribute to Bosley was epic then so to is yours to that majestic apple tree. Your lifestyle sounds idyllic, with quiet nights to write. Cheers

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      Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA

      Keith,

      Welcome. I'm not sure I'd call my lifestyle idyllic, but when our menagerie isn't nudging me for signs of attention or treats, things here on our 5 acre mini-Ponderosa can be quite pleasant.

      Being recently retired I have no particular schedule. It's presently about 3:30 A.M. here and I'll probably hit the sack before 4. I always was a creature of the night! Years of nightclubing and 8 years bartending might have something to do with it!

      Thanks for stopping by.

      G'day.

      CP

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      ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

      I love apples and I love your poem Cheers to you.

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      Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA

      And I love your loving it. Thanks.

      CP

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, I love this, I could see the colours of the tree, and remember going out apple 'scrumping' as we say over here! ha ha cheers nell

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      Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA

      attemptedhumour (Keith) referred to "scrumping" in his comment 2 months ago. I had never heard the word before. I wonder what they call it in Russian? I'll bet the deer just call it their just desserts!

      CP

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      Elizabeth99 6 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      Wow, you are a great poet, I'm glad I found your stuff!! :)

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      Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA

      Elizabeth99-

      Thank you so much! Please stick around and browse. I hope you find more to like.

      CP

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      ThomasRydder 5 years ago

      All that from an apple...amazing!! Superb phraseology and well written indeed!! CP, I just became your newest fan...TR

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      Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA

      Welcome Thomas.

      I hope you take the time to browse...maybe find something more to like.

      Thanks for your encouragement.

      CP

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