Monks in the Orchard Picking Peaches

Monks in the Orchard Picking Peaches
By: Donal Mahoney

Young monk
and old monk
in the orchard
picking peaches,
sunny and plump,
ready for canning.

Carrying bushels
to the wagon cart,
the young monk
asks the old monk
what to look out for
when growing old.

The old monk
pauses and says
not much.
Life stays the same
for the most part.
Monks work and pray
but an old monk
works slower and
prays faster.

But not to worry,
the old monk advises.
He admits he’s
going deaf
but that’s just
an inconvenience
since God uses
sign language.
Peaches like these
have no need to talk.

1 thought on “Monks in the Orchard Picking Peaches

  1. Deft comment on worldly vs. otherworldly things. The “peaches” are “sunny and plump, ready for canning,” but the monks could be as well. Their ripeness could be a way that “God uses sign language.” Who needs “to talk” when nature, including one’s nature, are right at hand.

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