poetry and prose about place

apple tree shadow

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This time of year, I watch for the old apple trees along the road.  Most are neglected, and the fruit remains unpicked, even for cider.  When the apples fall, they lie beneath the tree in a circle of red or yellow, mimicking the shadow of the tree at noon.



apple shadow


days follow days

and the apples

fall to the ditch,

claim the gravel

edge the asphalt


ripe shadow space

at the base of

the leaning tree


passing cars play

polo and wasps

worry in the

rotting remains



Copyright  Jane Tims  2012

Written by jane tims

September 24, 2012 at 7:06 am

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  1. Wonderful post, Jane. All of it. We have a lot of unpicked apples around here too. I often wonder why. The groundhogs (woodchucks) like to eat them when they’ve started to ferment.



    September 29, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    • Hi. Its good to know someone is the beneficiary of those neglected apples!!! Jane


      jane tims

      September 29, 2012 at 8:36 pm

  2. Wonderful Jane and a stunning illustration.



    September 26, 2012 at 9:14 am

  3. Lovely elegy to autumn harvests!



    September 25, 2012 at 5:55 am

  4. Elegant! I love the image invoked by, “ripe shadow space…” Always a pleasure stopping by your blog!
    Hope you are well!



    September 24, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    • Hi. I’m glad you like the image. Thanks for visiting. Lots of things to look forward too now that fall is here and the days are cooler. Jane


      jane tims

      September 27, 2012 at 11:13 pm

  5. Hi Jane,,,,Philip loves his apple trees,,,this year our apples fell very very early and they rotted on the ground soon after they fell. We can’t seem to get any good apples from the 2 trees we had,,,I am not crazy about them because they make a big mess on my carpet of grass.! However,,,I still make a lot of things this time of year with a variety of apples but those apples are always picked by us in the valley. Love the smell.!!!!



    September 24, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    • Hi Patsi. Our old apple tree has been treated for fly, but it needs a good pruning. When it produces, the apples are huge (variety Wolf River). Apples are good to have in fall and the ones from the Valley are always good. Jane


      jane tims

      September 27, 2012 at 11:11 pm

  6. What a great image of the windfall apples as shadow. Thanks for that new idea. I enjoyed your poem and drawing and photo and writing, as always. Your posts are an anticipated delight.


    Carol Steel

    September 24, 2012 at 10:33 am

    • Hi Carol. Thanks for your comments! I’m glad you like the shadow image. Jane


      jane tims

      September 27, 2012 at 11:09 pm

  7. Dear Jane, I see these old apple trees here as well and enjoyed your post. I’ve also been wondering if the drought here this summer will result in a less colorful fall? Ellen


    Ellen Grace Olinger

    September 24, 2012 at 8:52 am

    • Hi. We are just back from a trip through Quebec and the leaves are just turning…. I think they are going to be just as good as ever! Jane


      jane tims

      September 27, 2012 at 11:07 pm

  8. thanks for your thoughtful and unsentimental imagery of the apple trees with their fallen fruit, Jane…. I too have been noticing so many apple trees around here, with their unpicked, ripe apples waiting in vain to be plucked and enjoyed. Somehow it saddens me that people who have apple trees in their yards do not bother to go out and take what is so freely and graciously offered…. to me it speaks of our general consciousness of waste and skewed values. but thanks for your post, nice drawing too! SB



    September 24, 2012 at 7:59 am

    • Hi. We have tried to rescue our old apple tree for a couple of years. Eventually I will have apples from it again. I had one apple this year on a little tree I found at the lake. Jane


      jane tims

      September 27, 2012 at 11:06 pm

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