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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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