Kirk

Alligator Pear

I’m drinking wine, it’s still light out, and I need to know
how to plant an alligator pear.
The pit is like an egg carved of wood, smooth and brown,
but which way is up?  How will the tree grow
if I put its stem in the water and root in the air?

Three toothpicks will be enough
to balance it in water in a jelly glass on the windowsill
and make it look like Sputnik, launched the same year
I was born, upside down, which explains everything.