Saturday, April 13, 2013

to eat blackberries for breakfast



Gnome. Boat Harbour, Tasmania. March 2013.

A gnome is legendary dwarfish creature alleged to have been brought to Earth to guard the earth's treasures.

I believe that blackberries are uncluded.

Blackberry Eating, Galway Kinnell

I love to go out in late September
among the fat, overripe, icy, black blackberries
to eat blackberries for breakfast,
the stalks very prickly, a penalty
they earn for knowing the black art
of blackberry-making; and as I stand among them
lifting the stalks to my mouth, the ripest berries
fall almost unbidden to my tongue,
as words sometimes do, certain peculiar words
like strengths or squinched,
many-lettered, one-syllabled lumps,
which I squeeze, squinch open, and splurge well
in the silent, startled, icy, black language
of blackberry -- eating in late September.

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