Thin vertical strokes #Poetry

Thin vertical strokes
of overlapping red
and yellow-green
brushed from
top to bottom
and back up again

Someone made the mind
that made this apple
that made the buds
on someone’s tongue
wilt with pleasure

tart and sweet
in equal measure

twirled together
like an argument
with nuance

nudging someone
at a sunny kitchen table
with an apple in their hand
to conclude
that the human mind

every now and then

improves on the original.

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