Christmas poem by Gerard Rochford. Christmas Cider

Christmas poem by Gerard Rochford. Christmas Cider

Christmas poem by Gerard Rochford. Christmas Cider. Enjoy these fabulous days, Yareah friends. Merry Christmas for you, your families and friends!


Christmas Cider. Photo attribution Anson Chappell

Christmas Cider.

Apples want to be cider, just leave ‘em be,

their yeast and sweetness will do the work for you.

Frank, who lived in a cottage on the common,

gathered them into an old tin bath

and we trod them wearing wellies,

then left the sludge in his kitchen,

flies and all, for the magic to commence.


It was said that he also distilled, made calvados,

words I knew nothing of. There were murmurs

of something secret, winks, which every child knows

mean grown-up matters, like expecting a baby and sex.

This was the nineteen-forties.


The sludge settled, I won’t say clarified

but clear enough before the bubbles ceased

to siphon into ginger-beer bottles, marble and all.

I was allowed to drink, got drunk as a wasp.

Frank said: I must keep a bottle till Christmas for the wife.

And tempted as he was that’s what he did.

He loved her you see. That was a secret I knew.

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Gerard Rochford was born in England, lived in Hong Kong, but has spent most of his life in Scotland His recent collections include: Figures of Stone. Koo Press. Aberdeen. 2009. Failing Light, a handcrafted limited edition from 2010. Of Love and Water, a limited edition, Koo Press/Malfranteaux Concepts. Aberdeen. 2011. A collaboration with David Ladmore an artist from Victoria, B.C. Canada. Anthologies include: Erotica. Ascent Aspirations.Canada. 2008 and Silver. Polygon. U.K. 2009. His poem My Father's Hand was included in Best 20 Scottish Poems of 2006 for the Scottish Poetry Library, selected by Janice Galloway. He is the Makar (Laureate) for to which he contributes a poem every month.

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