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    Fiona Ritchie Walker - Mrs Thorpe's Arithmetic


    by poetictouch

    Fiona Ritchie Walker reads her poem Mrs Thorpe's Arithmetic

    Mrs Thorpe's Arithmetic
    by Fiona Ritchie Walker

    A new term and we are adding beetroot and fig.
    If a man bought the last of the spring onions.
    We calculate the length of runner beans,
    divide up soup ingredients
    while her muddy hands mark papers.

    Christmas gifts of pomegranates challenge us
    to crack leather skin, count jewel seeds.
    In February we make get well cards,
    she sends blood oranges and a sum.
    If a man had three artichokes, took away one.
    We deliver summer peaches to her hospital bed, tally up our tomatoes.

    Today her rhythm of fruit and veg
    multiplies with my children. Here are peas
    falling from a pod, next month we pick sweetcorn.
    Everything has its season.