…peeled the apple before she ate it,
cored & pared & separated
into bite-size halves & quarters, pipped
& pitted, & destalked it.
Then she named it: Golden Russet,
Maiden’s Blush, Sweet Delicious,
Adams Pearmain, Yellow Tremlett’s.
Made her pies & crumbles, pressed it
into pomace, sauce, fermented
juices, sparkling wines of moonshine,
applejack & scrumpy cider.
& after several pints of snakebite,
danced stark naked & debauchèd
with a serpent through the orchard.
|A.C. Bevan reading from his new collection at the Rack|
Press launch in London last month
Photo: Paul Bevan