The overripe apple drops by Diane Averill




Diane Averill’s first book, Branches Doubled Over With Fruit,  (University of Florida Press) was a finalist for the 1991 Oregon Book Award as was her second book, Beautiful  Obstacles,(Blue Light Press 1998). Another book, Among Pearls Hatching, was published by Dancing Moon Press. Diane is a graduate of the M.F.A. program in Creative Writing at the University of Oregon. She taught in the English Department of Clackamas Community College from 1991 until retiring in 2010. Her work appears in many literary magazines and anthologies around the United States. Her chapbook, For All That Remains, was chosen as one of the best 150 books in Oregon. She has won a Literary Arts Fellowship.

Diane finds her inspiration from roaming the woods, fields and gorges around Oregon. She’s been writing since the age of eleven, and feels she was born with a pen in her hand.























The overripe apple drops







at the slightest touch of your fingers

into the cup of your hand,

releases its juice easily.

Mark it with your teeth

then open your mouth,

make it part of your body.

You can eat around the soft, darkened spots.

Do not overlook it, or an older woman, either.

Both are most tasteful, and sweet as Eve.




Diane Averill