Apple Crisp

applesApple Crisp
Start with apples.
The best thing is to pluck them
heavy handful by heavy handful,
from laden trees
on a sunny day
as the bees suck the sweet
from the windfalls at your feet

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
greeny-white inside
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,
baking
bubbling
done.

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  1. #1 by angelamoore2013 on August 28, 2015 - 6:36 pm

    LOVE this! So evocative. xxx

  2. #2 by Dawn D on August 28, 2015 - 8:03 pm

    Can I come and share? It’ll soon be time to pick the apples here too. I just may try and go help my friends 🙂

  3. #3 by Mary Ellen on August 29, 2015 - 10:59 am

    Love this. Sent it to my sister who also enjoys your writings. She wanted to know if she could have permission to print it off and put it in the goody bags she will be giving out at the hotel when her son gets married in October in Tennessee.

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