Windfall – Alice Cattley

I can keep seasons like secrets

Alice Cattley is a writer based in Cambridge, where she studied English at university. Her poetry has previously been published by The Cadaverine and read on BBC Radio 3. Since graduating, she has worked as a copywriter and journalist but is now a freelance writer while she works on her first novel.


The apple tree has grown old early. Autumn arrives

like a migraine, blazing. I have known this shuddering,

this rain-quake of branches balancing fruit. Soon 

the tree will give up its armful and I will gather 

apples tender as fingertips, skinning them green

for the pan. It’s always an act of remembrance – 

ceremony of cinnamon and ginger, Kilner jars opened 

and closed. I can keep seasons like secrets. I have learnt

that hunger tastes of apple prised from pitted hearts.

Alice Cattley

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