Now Birds Ravage The Cherries

Remember when we were new to these things?

New to our bed, new to this house, fresh to the yard

out back with the rotten poplars. Remember

when we took them down one upon six

and mangled bluejays yet to fledge tumbled out?

How sickened you were by the work of our hands,

new to this love, new to this garden.


Remember when we planted that sour pie cherry

in the place where the bluejays lay buried?

In the ground down stump hole of a poplar

and not a bone could be found.



how we watered and waited and fed and waited

until that third spring when the first white bloom

broke upon our waking. How we threw on the nets

because the cherries were our first fruits netted

and not for the sparrows' taking.


And with each year's cordoned harvest growing

first jam, then pie, then 25 bottles of wine

we drank raw, saving each reddened cork

as a trophy to our wits. And in the fourth year,

as we peeled away the holey skin from the fruits

within, a robin, beak open and stiff as our hoarding

fell to ground where the bluejays were buried.

Now to each bird a cherry, you said.

Now to each bird a cherry.

◄ If Only For A Time

A Song for the Slinking Jabberwock ►


Jason Zane

Wed 10th Jul 2019 15:04

Congrats on another POTW, Devon! Great work!

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Devon Brock

Tue 9th Jul 2019 10:43

Thank you Mae and Jason. I think my stuff is growing out of its narrow shell because of the inspiration derived from the varied wonderful voices and styles I read everyday here.


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Mae Foreman

Mon 8th Jul 2019 12:36

So beautiful! I loved it! Congratulations for another well deserved POTW! I have no alalysis but I have one thing to say, the way I see it, you're "big" Devon and one of my favorites since your day one on WOL. You really are "big".
Thank you 🎈

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Jason Bayliss

Mon 8th Jul 2019 12:03

Well done Devon, another thoroughly deserving winner. As I said before, your descriptive power and the ability to so perfectly capture a moment in time and then share it in a style that is uniquely yours makes this a well deserved recognition.

J. x

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Sat 6th Jul 2019 11:03

suddenly my cake-hole has widened-nothing less than perfect poetry

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Devon Brock

Fri 5th Jul 2019 23:52

Thanks, Jason and Mindy. Funny thing, My wife came home just as put this up and chastised me for not mowing the lawn, she couldn't see the cherries. LOL,

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Fri 5th Jul 2019 22:55

I can't say it better than Jason just did. A beautiful poem. I want to wrap it in tissue.

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Jason Bayliss

Fri 5th Jul 2019 22:53

Some people are just excellent at catching a moment, or a thought, or a feeling. You, Devon, are one of these people. All the little quirks and details, all the symbolism. It's a rare talent mate. Rate indeed.


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