If you could eat frost, you might think
it would crunch like an apple. You might think
that it forms in fruit like a snowflake forms
in the air. Crisp, and clear. Not so.
Frost in the flesh of an apple runs soft
and brown, and it California they smoke it out
with stove-like affairs that burn wood,
oil, paraffin or coal. Strange then, that
Californian apples are so sweet; so fresh;
because if you could eat smoke you might think
it would taste like a kipper. Not frost.