Cutting the Maidens by Bernadette Cullen

tap tap post in place
cut and slice and tie
green shoots to the wire:
Rubston Pippin on M106
Beurre Hardy in Quince A

tap tap post in place
espalier the apples
fan the apricots
prune the pears
remove the bud

tap tap post in place
secure the wilful
limit the playful
curb the skyward climb
order the ragged border

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