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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.

    http://www.rattlingbooks.com/Product.aspx?ProductID=8

    February 5, 2008