Apples (God Knows Where I Am)

“Dear, God, please save me, I’m trying, but I don’t know what to do.” from documentary God Knows Where I Am.

As promised, my second poetic reflection after watching the documentary God Knows Where I Am- about the life of Linda Bishop. The documentary offers much to consider on the subjects of homelessness, mental health care, mental illness and our current healthcare system. I am not strong in these kinds of debates and discussions. But what I do offer is here in this small poem.

You can see the first poem, called What Matters Not HERE.

I have included the trailer for the movie below. Please take a moment and watch it. For more information go to God Knows Where I Am website.

Apples (God Knows Where I Am) by Dawn Paoletta

Hungry, cold, alone-
her shadow follows the river
through her dream, awake

finding home
at last by the orchard, trees laden-
branches heavy with ripe apples

she lays down in the soft, yellow grass,
surrounded by blush-colored fallen fruit,
looks up to sun-beams through golden leaves

Autumn has kissed most of the green away
upon its arrival, October enchants-
she is smitten

as sunshine dances over her body,
a ballet of warm light, she gives thanks.
She is content to stay.


“I’m so glad I found the 23 Psalm. He leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. God knows where I am.” –excerpt from Linda Bishop’s journal


All images and quotes are from Thirteen  and PBS

Published by enthusiasticallydawn

Dawn Paoletta is the author of Journaling for Discovery and Delight. Her writing is included in several anthologies and her poems have been included in the Wickford Poetry and Art Exhibit and Books. Dawn is currently working on her next book. Inquiries at

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