Miz Quickly’s Day 3: Now/Then/When

Blackberrying Couplets

ping – the bottom of a pail,

stick stuck pricked by
briars and vines, like ravenous arms in

august heat
and fireweed, stumps and trees against

bare legs
bumps and welts, itch and scratch, fire ants

lotions dab
on calamine, paste of soda, vinegar, whine

in a pot, a spill of sugar, a skin of jam

so viciously sublime


Written for Miz Quickly’s Day 3: Now/Then/When pleasure and contradiction. © Misky 2021 Photo by Will Tarpey on Unsplash

18 responses to “Miz Quickly’s Day 3: Now/Then/When”

  1. I enjoy the imagery of the vines like ravenous arms.

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  2. I love it! All of it!! The last couplet is spot on and I want to use that last line to describe your poem. Viciously sublime. 😀

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    1. 😁 Thank you! I’ll attempt that sonnet tomorrow.

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  4. This is gorgeous. You sure suffered some to get that jam!

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    1. I did indeed. This activity needs a child protection order! I still have a scar on my arm from when I fell into brambles whilst reaching for the plumpest berries. And the fire ants 🐜 are true; I’ve scars on my thumb from those little beasties as well. Did I mention the wasp nest? Evil suckers. 😂

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      1. 🤣🤣 The biggest, juiciest fruit is always the hardest to get to.


        1. And I fell for their trickery every time! 😂

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          1. They have a wicked side; not called black berries for nothing!😂

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            1. I just realised that I pronounce berry and bury almost the same. 😂

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