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Spagirl
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Why a 'long two-pointed' ladder, though? Are there ladders with more or fewer points?

I've spent some time pondering this aspect of your question. Ladders are not generally pointed at all, but Orchard ladders are.

Wooden ladder which tapers to a point, rungs being progressively shorter, leaning on a tree

However, I don't think the pointy top is strictly relevant to the two-pointed description. Orchard ladders also come in a 'tripod' variety, which may fairly be described as a 'three point' ladder, the weight being distributed across three points in contact with the ground. Vintage printed advert for tripod orchard ladders with two line drawings of different models of ladder, one with a pointed top, one with a small horizontal shelf at the top

The later line in the poem

I feel the ladder sway as the boughs bend.

tells us that he has not been using a ladder which is placed firmly on the ground, but one which only has its base, ie two points, on the ground and leans against the apple tree itself.

It is possible that there is a particular spiritual connotation to this via the Hymn 'Jesus Christ the Apple Tree. Although written in England:

The hymn's first known appearance in a hymnal, and in America, was in 1784 in Divine Hymns, or Spiritual Songs: for the use of Religious Assemblies and Private Christians compiled by Joshua Smith, a lay Baptist minister from New Hampshire. It became prevalent in American publications but not English ones.

The line 'I'm done with apple picking now' could be seen to reflect the fourth verse of the hymn

I'm weary with my former toil -
Here I will sit and rest awhile,
Under the shadow I will be,
Of Jesus Christ the Appletree.

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