by Susan Kelly-DeWitt

One evening in winter
when nothing has been enough,
when the days are too short,

the nights too long
and cheerless, the secret
and docile buds of the apple

blossoms begin their quick
ascent to light. Night
after interminable night

the sugars pucker and swell
into green slips, green
silks. And just as you find

yourself at the end
of winter’s long, cold
rope, the blossoms open

like pink thimbles
and that black dollop
of shine called

bumblebee stumbles in.
“Apple Blossoms” appears in in Susan Kelly-DeWitt’s collection To a Small Moth (Poet’s Corner Press, 2001).


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Susan Kelly-DeWitt is the author of The Fortunate Islands (Marick Press, 2008). Other collections include A Camellia for Judy (Frith Press, 1998), Feather’s Hand (Swan Scythe Press, 2000), To A Small Moth (Poet’s Corner Press, 2001), Susan Kelly-DeWitt’s Greatest Hits (Pudding House, 2003), The Land (Rattlesnake Press, 2005), The Book of Insects (Spruce Street Press, 2003), and Cassiopeia Above the Banyan Tree (Rattlesnake Press, 2007), an illustrated short story The Audience (Uptown Books, 2007) and two online chapbooks, The Limbo Suite and Season of Change. Her work has been included in many national and regional anthologies, among them: The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry (Autumn House Press), When She Named Fire: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by American Women (Autumn House Press), City of the Big Shoulders (University of Iowa Press), In Whatever Houses We May Visit: An Anthology of Poems That Have Inspired Physicians (American College of Physicians), Highway 99 (Heyday Books), and Claiming the Spirit Within: A Sourcebook of Women’s Poetry (Beacon Press). She has been featured on Writer’s Almanac and Verse Daily. She is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and the Northern California Book Reviewers Association, a contributing editor for Poetry Flash and a blogger for Coal Hill Review. She is also an exhibiting visual artist, and has been listed in the Art in America Annual. Visit her website:

Illustration: “Branch of an Apple Tree” by Mathias Hauser. Prints available at