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Gilbert Allen


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All June
and July, berries,

enough berries, more
than enough, berries for the birds
and us! Each morning
we’d go out in the still
and savor, marveling
in low sunlight at their burgeoning
abacus, subtracting
the ripest, the best.
 
Now Carolina August
and only a few
remain—ones we’d have passed
over, or thrown away, it only seems
moments before. Yet we pluck,
and find, in their barely
bitter, a remembered
flavor—then happen upon one
cluster our soured mouths swear
the sweetest of the season.

This poem first appeared in Valparaiso Poetry Review.

Used here with the author's permission.

 

 

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Gilbert Allen has lived in upstate South Carolina with his wife, Barbara, since 1977. Together they enjoy gardening, poetry readings, and visiting with family and friends. Gil's most recent collections are Catma (Measure Press, 2014) and The Final Days of Great American Shopping (USC Press). Learn more about Gil at http://www.pw.org/content/gilbert_allen_2.

 

 

 

 


Post New Comment:
Linda W. Owen:
Oh, my, a wonderful poem not just about blueberries. ;-)
Posted 08/05/2016 04:45 PM
Dorcas:
Missed opportunity for the sweetest.
Posted 08/05/2016 01:21 PM
Lori Levy:
I also love the last line.
Posted 08/05/2016 10:02 AM
KevinArnold:
Fun. Love the last line.
Posted 08/05/2016 08:29 AM
blueskies:
Nailed it! The joy(s) of a blueberry.Thanks, Gilbert
Posted 08/05/2016 08:21 AM
Laurenepersons:
A perfect remainder how sweet and profound a simple observation can be.
Posted 08/05/2016 07:23 AM
Newf:
I just love blueberries, especially the wild ones.
Posted 08/05/2016 06:30 AM
rhonasheridan:
What a delightful poem
Posted 08/05/2016 02:10 AM


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