Shadows of clouds passing over green hills
reveal a barn undone by time where cows
linger during rain showers. There was once
a Gravenstein apple tree that bore more
fruit than any other. Here, on the ridge.
In the photograph the giant tree fans
out in a screen of leaves big as a house
behind the Arnold family: Minnie,
John, E.W., Meta and Vivian.
Pay heed the future looms in the sky –
spells out in the trees massive shadow
of leaves on the loose dirt below.