Sensual Sloes


sensual sloes

Sensual Sloes,

Juicy and black

Like crows.

Lucid in

Tangled ancient

Hedgerows.

I have been watching these delicious sloes ripen as I walk past with my dogs every day. Soon I’ll be harvesting them and steeping them in gin. It has been a lovely summer for fruits and nuts.

Sinister sloes


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Sinister sloes
Slyly winking,
Night-sky berries,
Halloween merry!
Picked and pricked,
Steeped in liquor.
Fireside ‘wee dram’,
Shadows flicker,
Country tales,
Embers bicker;
Shimmer,
Smoldering,
Smelting:
Slumber beckons.