Gill McEvoy – Overload

Overload
 
(visit to a cider orchard, Herefordshire)
 
 
My mind turns
like a motorised sieve
shifting and sifting facts:
 
roots, root-stocks, feather-roots;
fruit names: Dabinett, Vilverri,
Chisel Jenny, Michelin;
 
cider and juice names:
Marcle Ridge, Putley Gold,
Once upon a Tree.
 
Family names:
the Hoggs, the Bulls,
the Taylor/Stainer generations.
 
I’m not a gyro-pallet,
programmed to shift each
yeasty gathering
 
at sustained intervals —
so I sit down, quiet by this tree,
listen to apples fattening.
Note:    gyro-pallet – a circular pallet that regularly turns sparkling cider/champagne bottles to stop yeast clogging the liquid.
Gill McEvoy lives in Chester where she runs regular, and occasional, poetry events:  2 full collections with Cinnamon Press: ‘The Plucking Shed’,  2010, ‘Rise’, 2013. A second pamphlet is forthcoming from Happenstance Press (her first one; ‘Uncertain Days’ is out of print). Gill is a 2012 Hawthornden fellow.
 
 
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