Two blackberries remind the journeyman that each day is sufficient unto itself and that everything is likely to be okay in the end

Better than any argument is to rise at dawn
and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup.”

— Wendell Berry, fr. “A Standing Ground”

Only to say
that while I was out in the hot sun today on my lunch break walking
along the two-lane road back to the office building I spied
a few blackberries that had grown plump
and dark
and juicy already and I stepped off of the sidewalk
toward the arching tangles of canes and picked
one
and set it on my tongue and closed my mouth
around it and squished it and felt the sun-warmed tart wetness of it filling
the grooves beside my gums and then I picked another and ate that
one too
but that was all because for that moment right then
two blackberries was enough.

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2 Responses to “Two blackberries remind the journeyman that each day is sufficient unto itself and that everything is likely to be okay in the end”


  1. 1 Cheryl C July 18, 2014 at 05:34

    I don’t like blackberries, I’m tactically sensitive to their seeds. HOWEVER: Blackberries are a beautiful, awe inspiring visual gift from nature. I smile when I see a bush full of blackberries. One of my most favorite pictures I took is a close-up of one with a light touch of snow as a cap, The vibrant contrast between color and texture made my heart sing,.

    • 2 Matt July 18, 2014 at 06:49

      Hail, fellow Rubus armeniacus appreciator Cheryl, and well met. Hmmm, snow on a blackberry. I bet that doesn’t happen every day. Thanks for commenting. You should post a link to your photograph.


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