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  • Merrybegot

    by Mary Dalton

    When the moon was newing and the night burnt black,

    Some rapscallion, some young pelt, some nuzzle-tripe

    Set off down the path with the go of a born-again preacher,

    Crept in under our apple tree, shinnied on up,

    Swift and hungry as a starved mosquito, stripped

    It bare.

    And himself playing Don Juan in the kitchen -

    Not a sound did he hear -

    No apples for winter

    And from the look of her belly

    A good chance of a merrybegot.

    Originally published in 2004 by Signal Editions, Véhicule Press

    Unabridged audio edition published in 2005 by Rattling Books

    Performed by Anita Best with Patrick Boyle on trumpet and flugelhorn.

    February 5, 2008