In April’s last bright shower
of white pear petals
she took him gently
laid on daffodils
that soothed winter’s heartache
so by January next
they had their son
n.b. NaPoWriMo 2021 Day Fourteen a poem from a first or last name:
i) Perry from the Welsh patronymic ‘ap Henry’ / son of Henry.
ii) Perry from the English meaning ‘someone living by a pear tree.’
Here, a romantic combination of both derivations.
Pictures of perry pear tree kindly provided by Maya Love at Avalon Permaculture Garden, Somerset. Thank you, Maya.
C L Perry
Now gone with all else
Held in cloudy memories
Bottled and pickled
n.b. The serious work has begun to collect the fruit, vegetables and crops from the summer. What must be gathered from the orchard floor and stored for winter; what can be collected from the vine and pressed; what can be cut from the plant and eaten fresh, or kept dry; what can be picked from the over-burdened trees and turned to juice, or pickled, or made to jams and chutneys; what can be best preserved frozen?
The stoves burn, jars are sterilised, temperatures carefully monitored; steam and sweetness fill the home. Hair tied back, aprons on while the heat in the kitchen turns us pink and sticky too during these long satisfying hours before labelling bottles and still warm pots and cleaning up in the company of curious wasps and to the buzz of frustrated flies.