American Medlar

What the hell is a medlar?
What price point is it
in a land of plum and pawpaw?
How many fit in a bushel crate,
seven fit a pallet, stacked five high –
twen’ny-six pallet a load-
Why’s it look like that?
Will we get our money’s worth?
Will it last in freight,
do we add preservatives –
or let it rot on shelves,
as passerby pass by
not guessing that decay
brings in the sweetness?

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