Otherwise, handpick them at the market –
the farmer’s market,
not the hypermarket.
The apples need to be relaxed, cheerful, tart,
dark red outside and
Rather than waxed, mealy and underripe.
Hypermarket apples do not bake well.
They have forgotten the feel of warm air and warm sun
They have been too cold too long
Too cold to let their juices run
in a hot oven mingling with cinnamon
and sugar and melting butter.
Fresh-picked apples and sunshine
Oats and brown sugar,