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The Empty Apple Tree

There stands a growing apple tree

North east of our fenced yard

Tall it’s grown for many years

But bearing fruit seems hard

Took three years to bloom at all

And even then t’was sparse

Its apples soft and barely red

We felt this yield a farce

Only once in all its life

Has tree provided crop

That even came close to windfall

But strong wind made them drop!

This summer was so full of sun

That gardens gave such gifts

And yet our empty apple tree

Seems mocking in its thrift

But I have come to see its worth

It needn’t always bear

It gives wee birds a sheltered home

It helps to clean our air

Our empty apple tree still blooms

Its handsomeness intact

And I will not so harshly judge

It for the things it lacks...

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