Michael O'Donovan


Michael O'Donovan Poems

1. Applewood 8/18/2005
Best Poem of Michael O'Donovan

Applewood

Spinning on a lathe
A block
Of rough-hewn applewood
Cut from near the root
Of a diseased old tree
That lately yielded
Only misshapen cankerous fruit,
Inedible, useless.

The well-honed gouge
Stripped the bark and
The soft sap-wood beneath.
It clicked and juddered
On split knots - the last remains
Of fine old branches
That once had sprouted
Pink and white apple-blossom and
Shiny red fruit
Fit to tempt
Any Eve in any Eden.

The useless cast aside
In mounting piles of wood-dust
The singing chisel
Cut the solid ...

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