THERE ARE GHOSTS IN THE GROVES (II)
by Victoria Nations
There are ghosts in the groves picking
oranges that fall through the net sacks and
bounce onto the ground.
The oranges are too bright to be
anything but real. They look alive.
The ghosts flit about, preoccupied by the work.
They don’t notice the oranges
laying about, rotten on the ground,
now lost to the living
who could taste them.
The ghosts in the groves let vines crawl up
and wrap around tree branches,
and cover the leaves.
The orange trees struggle for light, but
never cut them down even though
the trees are strangled.
It’s past due when the orange groves should have been picked here in Florida. The abandoned groves drop their heavy fruit. Or maybe the ghosts don’t notice their sacks won’t hold them anymore.
The abandoned groves are haunting and full of memories. You can read “There Are Ghosts in the Groves (I)” here.
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