By Maister Colyne Stewart, October AS 54 (2019)
Talisman Bran’s | at Brok’s Kaer grows
The fruit of health | so fulsome tree’d
Clíodna’s birds | eat deep and full
Though locked the gates | of garden pure
From poisons foul | it protects well
In press is crushed | for cider, wine,
Ydromellum | if done with sweets
So sought by bears | lo, binge we all!
Written in the Anglo-Saxon style to commemorate a day of apple picking and cider making at the farm of Joffr and Dubhessa.
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 A reference to ‘The Voyage of Bran,’ a medieval Irish tale.
 Kaer Brok is the name of their farm, and means “castle of the badger”.
 The Anglo-Saxon’s used the apple as a cure for many ailments.
 Clíodna is an Irish faerie, the queen of the banshees. She is attended by birds who are known to eat apples.
 The forbidden fruit in the biblical story of the Garden of Eden is often depicted as an apple.
 One of the many medicinal uses of the apple in Anglo-Saxon times was a cure for poison.
 A form of cider that is fermented with honey.