At a Fruit Store

by Choi Young-Mi
translated into English by Chong-Min Hong '96

You each came,
The apple not knowing the peach
The peach not knowing the grape
The grape not knowing the sulky apricot

Yet how,
having each come from such different homes,
one autumn afternoon,
tenderly leaning your backs on each other,
like husbands and wives,
pushing and pulling -
this one world becomes more beautiful.

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