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The Forgotten Orchard of Craiglockhart by Jonathan Memel

In 100 Poems, poetry on February 13, 2009 at 8:49 pm

Title: The Forgotten Orchard of Craiglockhart
Author: Jonathan Memel
Number: 10/100
Allocated postcode: EH14

The Forgotten Orchard of Craiglockhart

The trees rose from the grass,
poking their years fruit towards me.
Crab; Bramley; Dabinnett and Tremlett;
the booty of a hard Scottish year.

Not the hardest though.
Years before, Angus the shell-shocked
and Dougie the fruit loop
had collected these apples,
just as I do.

Branches shake,
trunks tremble —
missiles of red and green
blur
and tumble
and cascade,

this treasure that had calmed the insane
was golden
and bright.
It tasted of hope
on a September afternoon.

The tenements to the east,
like dungeons
loomed.

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  2. […] 8: And Nothing Worth Remembering by Florian Raith No. 9: The Piteous Pine by Florian Raith No. 10: The Forgotten Orchard of Craiglockhart by Jonathan Memel No. 11: The Guid Room by Angela Blacklock-Brown No. 12: Tollcross by Dilys Rose No. 13: Tarvit […]

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