On the seriousness of bananas – by Mark Farley


I enjoy the way my rabbit eats
a banana slice with frantic mouth
open, hunched over his prize, paws wrapped
around the fruit, nose wriggling, eyes dark
with concentration.

As a baby he took his water,
sometimes milk, reclining in my hand.
Now he runs in circles around me
for shits and giggles. But mostly he
wants the bananas.



Mark Farley has been highly commended for the Bridport Prize.