Thursday, April 30, 2009

Berry Picking


With an old straw hat upon my head,
And my pants down to my shoes,
I set out to go berry picking,
With the pail I always use.

I know all the good places,
Black raspberries can be found.
And I don't ever worry,
About the snakes,
I'm sure are around.

As I hurry on from patch to patch,
The bugs encircle my head.
The thorns have gouged and scratched me,
And my fingers are all red

It's hot and dusty work,
Down my face are paths of sweat.
But I can't quit now,
for I haven't finished,
Filling my pail up yet!

The chiggers have found their way,
To my moist and tender waist.
They 're just another drawback,
Of picking that must be faced.

Now you may not believe it,
But nonetheless, it's true,
Picking black raspberries is,
My favorite thing to do!

Mary J. Stevens
>
1992


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Did you get to go berry picking recently? Isn't it too early? I LOVE raspberries.....

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