Eating Wild Blackberries in Lenapahoking

Ripe berries
dark purple and red
in sunlight:

the ripe ones
always at the farthest
tips of the branches
getting the first sunto ripen early

— each body
a tight cluster
of berry fat
softening easily
in your mouth

You have to
concentrate
with your eyes closed
to understand
this quiet flavor;

each berry chewed
slowly, thoughtfully
to let the slight
shades of sweetness
reach your heart;

like a memory
only your tongue can remember
a distant taste
called “wilderness.”

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