“Still Life With Apple” by Shane Rhodes

There is an apple on the counter
by the telephone.

There are no messages. If anyone calls
they will not, I think, get through.

If there is light through the window
it is morning, if not, evening.

If there is noise, it is the sound
of noise. No lights blink.

No electronic whistles.
Nothing calls for our attention.

The apple sits in this crust of air.
There are so many ends to green

when even light gives up on colour.
Something about it says it was picked

by hand and placed in tubs with russets
and spartans. Something about it falls

with the weight of rock in mountain passes
rock that takes three days to push away

and on the third it snows
and they let the cars through.

Cold flesh and bruised light.
Even here no one talks

of death or a family’s slow
twistings in the air, only why,

in autumn, before snow,
the mind is so held

by fruit.

Works Cited

  • Rhodes, Shane. Still Life With Apple. Canadian Literature 174 (2002): 96–97. Print.