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Majid Naficy: Measuring Tree

Every morning they walk
By the measuring tree
On their way to school.

Today the girl says:
Daddy! Watch!”
She stands on tiptoes
And lifts her right arm
To touch the limb of the apple tree,
And this time she does.

The father knocks on the tree
And says: “Knock on wood!
You’ve grown taller.”
The girl laughs.

They don’t know that
The apples grew heavier
And the limb has drooped
Under their weight.


Copyright 2018 Majid Naficy

Majid Naficy is the author of many books in Persian and in English, including Father & Son published by Red Hen.


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