The Best Gatherer

by Ethel Mortenson Davis

I remember you best
at blackberry time:

The best gatherer
of our time
who could out-pick
the Champion Blackberry King
with his shining buckets
and mounds upon
of the gems
like your shining
eyes were,
dark, almost black.

I remember you best
when I go
into the woods
to gather berries,
reaching out
for the shining black
and seeing your brown,
strong hands again,
coming home
to show us
your treasures.

How good it felt
this blackberry time.


Filed under Ethel Mortenson Davis, Poetry

9 responses to “The Best Gatherer

  1. You reminded me of the black berry bush in our garden , watching my brothers and sisters picking them for mum to make a pie…. then it was my turn to take the bowl and pick the berries for the family pie!! Thank you for the memory , bless you!

  2. This is such a beautiful poem Ethel, full of glistening berries and shining memories.


  3. How poignant sweet memories so beautifully recaptured.

  4. As Ben said, very poignant. Beautiful work, as always, Ethel.

  5. Thank you always. We are in the grip of moving and change. Love Ethel

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