Stuart Bartlam: Unblushing Bananas

Provocatively prostrate,
flaunting themselves,
in transparent plastic,
or bare on the shelves.

We are so easy to peel.
Come on! Have a feel . . .
For our human lovers
we can slough off our covers.

Manhandle us, please!
You can rip you can squeeze,
It's all up to you.
You can bite, you can chew.

Eat us! Beat us!
You know how to treat us!
Use us! Abuse us!
It’s so easy to bruise us!

Affecting to be innocent,
appearing to be blameless;
these pallid, limpid creatures
are brazen hussies – shameless!