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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Write in the POETRY genre (05/17/07)

TITLE: The Picking
By Emily Blakely
05/18/07


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brambles of blackberry circle the pond
dew hanging on grass blade and tree
early morning air wafting a light scent
sweet fragrance of summer greets thee


beyond bramble where time stands still
fawn finds shelter and lays sleeping
day after day footsteps softly return
summer’s dreamer in hopes of seeing


bramble’s pathway full of promise
animals follow–dogs, cats, goats, chicks
there to graze in the cool of the day
will there be berries tomorrow to pick?


stained fingers feel the purple plumpness
stock stored away for mid-winter
the work and senses all are savored
picking the last sweetness of summer


sun has done its season magic
fierce tendrils drawn from the earth
twisting, twining, pricking, vining
a berry blessing and not all curse

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KJV Genesis 3:18 refers to ‘Thorns also and thistles shall it (the earth) bring forth to thee’ as punishment for Adam’s sin; part of the curse. Blackberry thorns remind me of that, but the luscious fruit that grows between the thorns gives me a strong sense of the Creator’s love.


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Rhonda Clark 05/24/07
I love this. I grew up picking blackberries and eating them right from the vine. You brought back great memories.

Except the thorns. Been stuck way too many times.
Dee Yoder 05/25/07
A great picture of summer. I enjoyed reading this poem very much.
Janice Fitzpatrick05/25/07
I like this alot. Vivid descriptions brought me back to our field behind my mom's house when I was small and the berries of summer were like little treaures sent from heaven, even with the thorns and stickers,grin. Great job! Keep up the writing, this is enjoyable!God bless you. Janice
Donna Emery05/27/07
A lovely description that makes it easy to imagine its setting. Nicely done
David F. Palmieri Sr. 05/31/07
Emily, this is beautiful. I was imagining the sights and smells as I read. I also like the comments at the end. Thanks for comments on "Poor Me...Dave