The Apple Peeler

Under his perfect and knowing hands

Sharpness slices into succulence

With slickness, even the most painful cut

Becomes everything or anything but.

And the smooth veneer of pretense falls away

In one graceful, unending whorl of display

Underneath it all, the core waits on

Glowing like the blush of first light at dawn

What’s done is done but cycle’s not complete

Freefalling the good seed lands at his feet

Deep it burrows into warm earth,

As the fruit goes through its own rebirth.


People have wondered whether it’s about good sex or reckless lovemaking. Or some ask me about karma and reincarnation. Wow. Well, actually, I just wrote this after having watched someone peel an apple so perfectly. Somehow, it developed into my analogy about life or its rebirth or God. But I really, really find it interesting how we think. The human mind never fails to keep me in awe. And with that I cannot begin to imagine how the divine works.


2 thoughts on “The Apple Peeler

  1. I love this poem, Rache. ;p Doesn’t it all make perfect sense? Taken literally or figuratively (the image it evokes is no doubt very sexual), the apple plays a central role in the bible and in literature as a whole. And you know what? There is something really sexy about someone peeling an apple so percfectly. ;p

  2. Exactly! The spiral of red falling away to reveal flesh that is almost luminous is seductive, visually. And right, the apple is quite biblical:
    In a desert land He found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; He guarded him as the apple of His eye. (Deuteronomy 32: 10)

    and literary: In The Judgment of Paris, the Goddess Eris appeared and rolled a golden apple across the floor, crying “May the most beautiful Goddess take it.” The vain Hera, Aphrodite, and Athena fought over the apple, until Paris was made judge. Remember how they each offered their bribes just because of great desire for that one golden apple?

    I’m glad you liked this one, Cheng. As I’m sure you’d like my next one entitled The Window Washer. I trust your judgment, no bribes necessary, because I know you didn’t graduate cum laude in English Studies at UP for nothing. Uy, no bribes daw o! ;-P

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