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Gilbert Allen


All June
and July, berries,

enough berries, more
than enough, berries for the birds
and us!Each morning
wed 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 wed 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 inValparaiso Poetry Review.

Used here with the author's permission.

Gilbert Allen lives in Traveleres Rest, South Carolina with his wife, Barbara, an educator and environmental activist. He enjoy gardening, poetry readings, and visiting with family and friends. Gil's most recent books are Believing in Two Bodies (poems) and The Beasts of Belladonna (short stories). Read a recent interview with him here, and learn more about him at






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

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