Blackberrying, Lake George

There is water now where the sheep grazed,
a second blue sky
stretching from our feet to the hills
where paired upright and inverted turbines
turn slow semaphore signals.

Skirting the gate
and stepping over the fence,
avoiding sodden gullies and thistles,
we come to the bramble-mounds
where the sweet black musky berries wait.

Recycled honey-buckets over wrists,
one hand to steadies the stem,
while the other plucks the plump fruit,
some so ripe it drops at a touch.
We alternately fill the buckets
and ourselves,
until both are full near to overflowing.

Fingers and mouths stained purple,
hands and arms scratched,
we return home triumphant.

Pots bubble
and the scent of
dust, musk and summer heat
fills the kitchen
as we pour these dog-days of summer
into a dozen jars,
to be put away until we need
a taste of sunshine.


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18 responses to “Blackberrying, Lake George

  1. Yum! I really should go for a drive and see Lake George. I do like seeing it with water in it.

  2. This got my juices flowing, Kate. ๐Ÿ˜‚

  3. Your poem evokes many fond memories of blackberry picking ๐Ÿ˜Š

  4. it was a good time. glad you still have them.

  5. I loved picking wild blackberries with my mother when I was young, and coming home to make the jam.

  6. Beautiful poem! Well shared thanks ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘Œ

  7. wonderful expressive words

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