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Dr. James N. Cummins
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Stories from Cummins Nursery
This is a section of Cummins Nursery dedicated to stories (preferably in some way connected to fruit and/or farming). We are open to stories you send in as well!!!
Kicking Leaves in Mr. Gage's Orchard | The Drive from Kinmundy | The Yellow Transparent Orchard | The Spray Crew |Hoodlin' |Loading Reefers | Ben Davis |Thirsty Cider | Backyard Orchards | Dad, Peeling Apples | Little Pearl and the Hot Box | Applebutter Time
DAD, PEELING APPLES
Freckles on top of freckles and tiny nicks from his knife,
Spots of blood turned to brown scabs.
My father's hands have never changed.
Every night a different apple skinned naked, split and seeded
without him ever looking down,
loving the fit of apple in the left hand,
brown-handled knife in the right.
He licks the tip of his finger where the juice runs clear
and skewers a slice for me which I take regardless of whether I want an apple
or whether the flesh has begun to brown around the edges.
When he is done,
knife set down and fingers wiped clean against the legs of his beige corduroys,
I will take the leathered back of his hand to my cheek and hold it there,
begging his weathered roots to spread their soil-caked fingers
long and strong as deep as the generations will go.