1846 c/o Amelia Barratt

On your day off
it's OK to arrange fruits from the bowl into the shape of the sky
when privately
you smell a rat.

Plot everything you know
using a brown apple and three peach.
Peaches is foolish.
For the sake of science
let's only use sensical forms
and well-seasoned props for planets.

On your day off
it's OK to eat the fig your daughter found
because you think its brain will bruise hers.
Tell her you binned it.
Tell her the truth about fig wasps.
Tell her you spotted something at night
but forgot to tell her.

She won't swallow it
until she sees a bloody wing
bursting from a grape skin
but it will restore for her
the natural order
that everything her mother says about you is true.