The Galway Pippin Returns
– after the work of Natalie McIlroy
This is how is always starts: no apples,
not a pip, just a woman with a plan. People
are corralled into a photo, one hand around
the wisp of a tree trunk, like holding an idea.
This is how it always starts, the apple tree
with no apples; it could be anything –
maple, or yew – roots bound now
by a bucket, just waiting to take hold.