• Lammergeier Staff

Community Garden | Jodie Hannis


Do not pick the greengages overripening

in the trees, they are the property of everyone

so must be eaten by none of us


You underestimate my desire to make jam

of rotten fruit, to fill jar after jar

with something too sweet


in blind compulsion to make use

and knit something free

Even the children will not crush it


into their cheeks. I should be picky

leave the cracked and the bruised but

every one that falls apart in my palm


that blossoms between my reckless toes

feels like a tiny death of something meant

for me. The ones that won’t survive


the night I pass again and again through

my anxious mouth until the acrid sugar

is heaved out, bent double at the side of my car


I panic at the loss, mourn a different kind

of death in my compost instead, where

each ruby stone will fill me nausea next year


and I’ll set the date in my calendar to do it again





Jodie Hannis is a queer poet and spoken word artist from the UK currently exploring archaeological writing as part of her PhD at the University of Leicester. She has performed across the country and has been published in The Blue Nib, New Luciad, and in the Dial-A-Poem project where she was awarded 3rd place.


Twitter: @orangejodie


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