Thank God for the good blueberry year

The strawberries were shriveled and meager,
by lack of rain, early heat.
The blossoms of the peach trees
fell to a late frost
for the second year in a row.

As for the raspberries in my back yard —
who knows how well they ripened?
I was there in time
to see a feather of the last thief –
who neither sows nor reaps
nor gathers into barns.

But the blueberries
covered the bushes with enough
for creatures and gardeners.

Children ate their fill,
smearing purple across their faces,
and I made blueberry buckle,
muffins, pie, and pancakes,
and then ate cereal for lunch
to feast on raw berries.

Some friends froze them for winter
in a single layer,
but I have no such restraint.

However, I am old
and must maintain my dignity –
so only my lips and all my fingers
are stained
like the night sky
under miin(ikaa)-giizis,
the blueberry moon.

Thank God for the good blueberry year —
the harvest I have,
not the harvest I do not have.

Someone's been here!

Someone’s been here!

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9 Responses to Thank God for the good blueberry year

  1. Randy says:

    Wonderful! I love this tribute to blueberries.

  2. Wonderful! I love this.

  3. LL says:

    The raspberries in my back yard were unintentionally planted by the birds. I figure they were then entitled to eat them and plant more elsewhere!

  4. Maren says:

    Ah, you bring me to reconciliation!

  5. Rev. R. Matthew Stevens says:

    Having spent August and now September on the “Rock”, we’ve been truly blessed by the bounty of luscious wild blueberry further up the hill from our home. Newfoundland blueberry are second to none, but all ready I can see the next crop of partridge berry almost ready for the picking. Thanks for your thanksgiving poem.

  6. Rev. R. Matthew Stevens says:

    The Newfoundland partridgeberry, is also known as lingonberry, and is a short evergreen shrub in the heath family that bears edible fruit, native to boreal forest and Arctic tundra throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Lingonberries are picked in the wild and used to accompany a variety of dishes, but I like it best as a jam.

  7. Maren says:

    Ligonberries — oh, for some lingonberry jam!

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