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Jane Arthur


The witch says to the woodsman,
‘Kill the girl in the forest,
and bring me her liver and lungs and I will salt and eat them,’


or she offers the girl
poisoned apples or sweetmeats.
Always the girl takes them
and eats


then falls and falls


and falls into that
heady sleep …


I eat apples whole –
pips and cores and skin,


leaving no trace.


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