Poetry Happening Near You

A rapture of apricots

A rapture of apricots

the camera points up into the branches
to a riot of fruit and leaves
soft orange and green framed by blue
and I imagine climbing up and sitting
amongst gnarled branches eating
sun-warmed apricots and thinking

of other things that can be counted
in raptures like a butterfly’s wings
or a field of yellow sunflowers
red bean flowers racing skywards
the touch of your hand in mine
as we gaze at the midnight stars

Sue Johnson

Sue Johnson

About this poem

Every year, Poetry on Loan runs a poetry competition, free to enter for anyone living, working or studying in the West Midlands. 

In 2021, the judging was very difficult, with stiff competition among the shortlisted entries. Many of the shortlisted poems are worthy of a place on the Poetry on Loan website, and A rapture of apricots, Sue Johnson's entry, is one of these.

About Sue: 

Sue Johnson is a poet, short story writer and novelist. She also creates books aimed at helping other writers. Her work is inspired by country walks, fairy-tales and researching family history. Sue’s other interests include yoga, reading, studying Italian and cooking. She is a Writing Magazine Home Study Tutor and also offers a critique service via her website. Follow her on Twitter @SueJohnson9. For more information about her publications, see www.writers-toolkit.co.uk