Why I’d Be an Apple Tree

By Nastia Shikula

white and pink flowers of a blooming apple tree

They asked me what plant I’d want to be

And I said without thinking, “An apple tree”

The interviewer looked puzzled and asked why

“Well … it’s one of the prettiest trees to walk by.”


Have you ever seen an apple tree blossom?

There is nothing that could be more awesome.

To blossom, it needs a sunny place

Reminding me to be happy and full of grace.


The petals are first embracing the pistils,

Exposing the sepals like valuable crystals.

Time passes and flowers open

Reminding me I am not broken.


Toward the light the peduncle points,

Like my new hope when something disappoints.

White and pink petals

Remind me that all things settle.


The white and pink petals curl.

Though the sight not pretty as a pearl,

I know the flower

Will grow into something to give us power.


A flower blossoms with beauty,

But then promises us something fruity.

A flower we see in the spring

In the fall, an apple it will bring.


They asked me what plant I’d want to be

And I said without thinking, “An apple tree.”

Nastia is a 20 year old Biology student in college from Central New York. She is currently in a Botany class taught by a wonderful professor who allowed her to work in the school greenhouse and taught her to appreciate and love nature. You can follow Nastia on Instagram @shikula_anastasiia.






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