Thursday, 13 August 2009


"When the blackberries hang
swollen in the woods, in the brambles
nobody owns, I spend

all day among the high
branches, reaching
my ripped arms, thinking

of nothing, cramming
the black honey of summer
into my mouth; all day my body

accepts what it is. In the dark
creeks that run by there is
this thick paw of my life darting among

the black bells, the leaves; there is
this happy tongue."
- Mary Oliver, August
Looking forward now to homemade bramble jam to make 'a piece and jam'!


Devon said...

lovely, love making jam. LOVE your jam covers, so very cute. your up late or early? babies keeping you up? xx

Pomona said...

Well, I'm up early - and I love some bramble jam - I must get picking! Lovely poem - and a dear little face helping!

Pomona x

Mrs B said...

I have just discovered Mary Oliver and am in love with her poetry....(should I be a bit embarassed....think she is a big deal in America?!) I cannot believe how good that jam is! Making it was a delight! I am a very very new convert to this process, it makes me feel stored up, efficient, in charge sort of a housekeeper!!!!! hahaha! x

Menopausal musing said...

Just squealed with delight..... at what???? At the word "piece". It's years since my mum or granny would say at supper time "what are you having on your piece".......... thank you, she smiled as she typed.(I always chose cheese if I was at granny's as mum only kept it for dad and we bairns had to have jam!) X

Mrs B said...

arrrrrrrrrrrrrr, Cathy! My nana who passed away three years ago, used to bring my sister up a piece and jam in bed....mum would have gone mad! Told us to say our prayers and just to have an apple in the morning for our teeth!! x

MelMel said...

Thats lovely....I love to blackbeer y pick....they taste so yummy!x

nifty thrifty said...

The blackberries aren't quite ready here - oooh I'm itching to make some jam and syrup x said...

Love your blog and I have been reading through your posts, love your sense of humour too! Yes, Ive got to the stage where I need concealer all over my face!!! I am your follower now, pop and visit me some time! Suzie. :)

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