I Love Blackberries



September is the month of the Dark Gypsies

Wild vines along the canal

Growing determinedly without permission

Sprawling unceremoniously into the lawn

Challenge the Establishment

With thorny tangles of chaos


Don’t tell me you haven’t seen them—

This failure of the plow

To Dominate


Going their own way

They freely take air

And sunshine and water—

And land! Growing space!


Audaciously flowering

Without a gardener’s command

They seduce insects into their

Sexual organs


Becoming pregnant

They slowly bring their offspring

To fruition


Glistening gems of life’s wisdom

Their knowing dark eyes

Peer mysteriously from among the leaves

Reminding us of something we’ve forgotten

…something about how wildly exhilarating

Life can be…


And how profusely generous!


Offering themselves freely

These wonton scoundrels

Induce you to surrender

To their charms


And you do!


Risking thorn and sour rejection

You reach for their intoxicating sweetness


True to character

They now ask you

To learn some manners!


“Please respect our boundaries”

Is clearly spoken with

Scratches on your skin


And “Please don’t touch

Before you’re invited”

—Cringing sourness

On the tongue


Slowly they teach you


And refine your sense of touch


And slowly you begin to learn

When just the right

Request from your fingers

Is answered

With dark, passionate fragrance

And the taste of wild sweetness


Such madness

Is not for civilized folk


Though we too…

Were we to abandon

Our fences

And our lawns…

Could travel freely

Like these dark Gypsies



—Lark Bowerman ©2011


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