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Granny Smith Apples 


Six years old: grandma 

draws an imaginary family tree

while her mother plants herself 

between two Japanese men 

hungry for tea and her father 

uproots himself and gets lost at sea. 


She finally learns about family 

on 3 o’clock radio stories 

in their staircase landing home 

while rubbing Chinese medicine 

into the dirt of her bruises. She is 

her own gardener and it doesn't deter her.

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