A Country Block

thgilmore1@gilmorebranding.comA Country Block

by Tonia Allen Gould

Gathering berries
From a roadside ditch
Along a country block
That takes hours to walk
Wading into the tall grasses
Sinking teeth into
Tiny seeds and berry juices
Through the barbed wire
A calf and lamb bleat and baah
And a Chevy races past
With music blaring
The grasses bend and sway
Tips of foxtails tickle as I bend
Tanned, bare legs itch
From sweat and scratchy weeds
Staining berries piled in the fold
Of a bleached, white shirt
Gathering my thoughts
Together with my berries

Copyright 2009

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