That time between summer and autumn

The blackberries have ripened while my back was turned –
like a child growing in fits and starts, suddenly
taller than the lamp in the corner – bursting out of his clothes –
and the apples are swelling. There’s a tree that I pass by each day
that’s suddenly covered in fruit.

The world’s waking up from its summertime dreaming;
it rolls up its sleeves and gets on with the business of harvest:
there’s quinces to ripen and pears tightly clenched on the tree
and the apples are swelling. The trees that have hidden all summer
are suddenly covered in fruit.

The sun soaked through to my bones, and the bones of the land.
Now we have rain – that began as a miracle, and stayed on…and on –
dimming the lights and soothing the fever, scolding us gently
for being so foolish, as if we are children who sneaked to the fair,
and gorged ourselves crazy on neon and spinning and swooping, but now
the apples are swelling and the trees that have thirsted all summer
are suddenly covered in fruit.

Did I mention the berries are ripening?

 

For Bjorn at dVerse, who asks us to broaden out our punctuation choices. I’ve done my best. I’m probably an over-user of ellipses…but I do love them so…but I couldn’t find room for an exclamation mark! Oh well…

 

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10 thoughts on “That time between summer and autumn

  1. I was immediately taken with the title, Sarah, before I even read the poem I knew it was gong to be about blackberries. I think it’s a British thing. And they do seem to ripen when your back is turned! The hyphens are effective in the first stanza to em-phasise the comparison of ripening blackberries and ripening child. Such fruitfulness everywhere! I love the lines:
    ‘The world’s waking up from its summertime dreaming;
    it rolls up its sleeves and gets on with the business of harvest’
    and
    ‘The sun soaked through to my bones, and the bones of the land.
    Now we have rain – that began as a miracle, and stayed on…and on –
    dimming the lights and soothing the fever, scolding us gently’.
    I love the ending – also British!

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  2. This is just wonderful Sarah, the fruits ripening is a wonderful time, and we are really in that transition time. Here we finally can get some darkness in the evening… and I just wish for some fruits and berries. Maybe I can get some blackberries later.

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  3. You have captured that season and time very well. I can see all the pears and apples bursting out of the trees now, so autumn is definitely coming. I love how the world is awakening to another season and soon its time for the harvest of the fruits.

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