Melanie Perry

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Kumquat Marmalade

Come. Squat

beside my bush,

 

grasp the pot-bound

 

roots, thumb-ease earth

 

between my toes,

 

shake and sieve it

 

fresh on new soil.

 

 

From white flowers,

 

steam my neroli

 

to perfume-pierce

 

a lingering night,

 

condense scent

 

in golden beads,

 

studs and rings.

 

 

Pick my mandarin globe,

 

roll it in your fingers

 

run your index nail

 

along my pores

 

release my zest.

 

Cup each fruit

 

in your left hand

 

 

place them in turn

 

to your lip.

 

Bite their tips,

 

feel the soft crunch,

 

like a footstep’s tread

 

as we pause.

 

Squeeze me

 

 

let my juice jizz you.

 

Cleave me,

 

suck a pip, dance

 

its tango

 

mouth to mouth,

 

secrete sap,

 

suck syrup,

 

 

pare my peel.

 

pound my flesh

 

to preserve

 

the citrus smack

 

of slatted breakfast light

 

through an O so smooth

 

translucent jam.

Calm Sea

North Sea

In those ocean troughs

 

there were no rainbows,

 

invitation, nonetheless.

 

At the top of wave crests

 

a thudder as the propellor

 

cleared the water,

 

dropped beads

 

of icy, pewter grey

 

from sea-slicing blades.

 

 

Behind her, in the west,

 

lights blinked,

 

folded from sight

 

into a darkening horizon.

 

Ahead lay nautical miles

 

of black across Tyne,

 

Dogger, Fisher until she could

 

slip through Skaggerak,

 

guided by the amber beam

 

of Pater Noster’s light,

 

piloted by another ship’s

 

welcoming hoot.

Melanie Perry is a published poet, spoken word performer and writing practitioner from Carmarthenshire. She has two poetry collections- Rum Dark Nights, (2017), published by Three Throated Press and the bilingual English/Swedish Sound the Hollow/Det Håligas ljud (2018) published by Magnus Grehn Förlag, Sweden- which feature work inspired by the landscape, natural world and personal events. She is a Director of write4word which promotes the development of writers and the development of people through writing, and is co-presenter of Poems and Pints at The Queens, one of south Wales leading open mic events.  In addition to working therapeutically with a range of groups and individuals in Wales, Mel works alongside the Swedish arts organisation Kultivera to co-produce Young Writers Lab which has supported young people throughout the Jönköping region to create and enjoy their own writing.