Last Day in Paradise

They didn’t pack, taking only

what they wore,

those few leaves they knew now

wouldn’t be enough for the weather

where they were going: east,

apparently, and none too civilized

by the sound of it.

He did bring another apple

to tide them over on the way,

sharing it like memory,

sweet aftertaste or sour.

It would be okay, he told her

as they left, there was the world

ahead of them, lots of time

for just themselves for once.

They could travel

or start another garden,

anything they wanted

before the children,

whatever that meant,

came along.

.

James Scruton’s most recent collections are the chapbooks: Galileo’s House, available from Finishing Line Press, and Exotics and Accidentals, available from graysonbooks.com. A sampling of other poems can be found at poetryfoundation.org.