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The tastiest fruit in the garden

are high on the branches of Not

it’s forbidden to climb trees in the garden

even if you love cherries a lot


So each day you stroll through the garden

ogling the cherries so red

watching them dance on their thin little legs

till a Thou Shalt Not lands on your head


Thou Shalt Not admire little cherries

or covet thy neighbor’s wife

Thou Shalt Not aspire to Nabokov’s desire

if you value the rest of your life


So you return to your house from the garden

and read the newspaper in bed. While the priests

have a feast and the monks are released

from their vows and eat cherries instead

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