Let the apple ripenon the branchbeyond your needto take it down.
Let the coolnessof autumnand the breathing,blowing windtest its adherenceto endurance,let the others fall.
Wait longerthan you would,go against yourself,find the pale nobilityof quiet that ripeningdemands;
watch with patience
David Whyte, Winter Apple, excerpt
Photo Credits: Crabapple Bough, by Susan J. Preston, Albuquerque Botanic Garden © 2021, all rights reserved