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A poem by Steve Xerri

A poem by Steve Xerri

Meditations in the Fruit Aisle

From shelved ranks of bananas
I choose just these few
for home, where I’ll relish
their ripeness one by one and
– as others might rake pebbles
into new lines every sunrise –
rearrange the remainder
with the apples in the dish
to preserve a visual balance,
while their giraffe reticulations
spread and blacken by the day.

You no more end a sentence
with the body that began it
than a stone remains immune
to the drip of harmless water :
inbreath, outbreath, the quiet
thump-thump of the pulse
– these things keep you alive
and kill you, ratcheting you
through time. In this world
of casual loveliness, I get
the continual astonishment

that spawned the idea of angels,
beings of pure thought
walking among us even here
in Sainsbury’s, their light
hidden under hoodies – but,
watching mottled moths
melt into beech bark,
or climbing vetch coil
its tendrils round a cane,
the mathematics of unlikelihood
strikes me as miracle enough.


Steve Xerri is a former teacher, musician & designer now making pots and writing poetry. He won the title of Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year 2017, and his work has been published or is forthcoming in Acumen, Amaryllis, Atrium, Brittle Star, Cinnamon anthology From Hallows to Harvest, Clear Poetry, The Clearing, Envoi, Hippocrates Prize Anthology 2019, Ink Sweat and Tears, Ó Bhéal anthology Five Words Vol XII, The Interpreter's House, Picaroon, The Poetry Shed, Poetry Society Newsletter, Proletarian Poetry, Stride Magazine and Words For The Wild.

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