If I were my mother I would cut the brown
and bitten bits from my daughter’s
collection of abandoned apples
cook them in a small pot
eat them with muesli and yoghurt.
If I were my grandmother I would never
have given a whole apple
to a child in the first place, but slivered it
into sharable pieces
arranged neatly on a plate for all.
I try to be a good mother
never raising my voice or hand
but I’ve always been awkward about fruit.
Buying blueberries out of season
just because I can.
I keep trying to protect my daughter from
the browning bitten parts of the world
but think guiltily of the apple crumble
we could be having as I send
spent, forgotten apples to the worms.