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The Family, Olive - Aug. 27, 2023

They all grow slow and crippled

from the parched soil and searing sun

in the groves of the family Liotrivi

in Monemvasia Greece

bent and spiraled trunks

sharply lanced leaves

like nightmares frozen in pirouette

as they reach for water and light


Koroneiki Myrtolia Athinoelia

the green fruit of their

3,000 descendants

cluster umbilically


when black-ripe in the fall

combed and raked

gathered and crushed

the pressing is paid for with product


did you know that a good olive oil

leaves a slightly bitter taste

in your throat?


a reminder of the hard years

every single year

for hundreds and hundreds

of them

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