Photograph:  Bullet Through Apple

By Patrick T. Reardon

The dark fashioned metal

beyond impact,

its line still true.

The fruit

drawn to the left

as if it would follow.

The shards of pulp —

so many zygotes

suddenly granted life.

Patrick T. Reardon


Originally published in Seems #17, 1983

Written by : Patrick T. Reardon

For more than three decades Patrick T. Reardon was an urban affairs writer, a feature writer, a columnist, and an editor for the Chicago Tribune. In 2000 he was one of a team of 50 staff members who won a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting. Now a freelance writer and poet, he has contributed chapters to several books and is the author of Faith Stripped to Its Essence. His website is

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