Scrumping by Mark Mayes




Mark Mayes writes fiction, poems and songs. He is an avid reader, and enjoys walks in the countryside, especially by rivers. He has had poetry and stories published (including stories in Unthology 5, 9 and 10), and his novel, The Gift Maker, came out in 2017 with Urbane. 















We collected apples

in old detergent boxes;

on wasteground

behind the blind school

they grew unclaimed

near the blackberry throngs;


the ones we could reach

and the windfall ones

went into boxes

we loaded full into the boot;


and the car grew soft with the scent

of apples, from there to here.



Mark Mayes