Sally Clark poem: Summer Fruit


Fredericksburg Poetry of Sally Clark

Summer Fruit

We pick blackberries, dark and sweet, from between
the spiny branches of a saw-leafed bush, his hand and mine
stained and dripping, bending together in the summer sun;

baskets on our arms, we walk sandy rows of bright dimpled
strawberries, twist the fruit to roll gently into our hands,
lick the sweet juice from between our fingers;

poetry peaches sally clark fredericksburg txwe stretch for orange-fleshed peaches, together, calculating
our grip to pick, but not squeeze, rub off a fresh one
on our sleeve and share a half, each, to drip from our lips;

in the steamy kitchen we strip down, boil, scent the air
with sweetness you could lick off the walls, fill one empty jar
after another, sparkling in rows of geranium, tangerine, and plum.

When heat passes and the sun pulls away a bit sooner each day,
leaves begin to fall, flowers die back to the ground, we lean
a bit closer to each other to shelter our bodies from the frost

creeping into our bones, take a jar off the shelf, pop the seal,
spoon summer’s sweetness into our mouths, look across the table
into each other’s eyes and remember the picking, the pulling,

the dripping, the rolling, the staining, the squeezing, the steam,
our naked, fiery, sweet-filled summer gardens and smile,
taste the juice of one another’s lips and relish

our sweet harvest.poetry strawberry lust fredericksburg fruitful tx sally clark


Author’s Notes: In 2016, this poem won Honorable Mention (and $200) in the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Prize for Poetry. It was published on their web site and in their newsletter.

Sally Clark

Sally Clark

Sally Clark and her husband, Mike, owned the Auslander Restaurant in Fredericksburg, Texas, from 1985 to 2001. Since retirement, Sally has been writing poems like clear pools, the kind where you can see all the way to the mossy rocks on the bottom. She writes about simple things like laundry and yellow highlighters, huge things like the trials of Job and the sins of Abraham, funny things like ice cream and penguins and Halloween, and scary things like heaven and hell and the color of dirt. Her award-winning poetry has been widely published in books, anthologies, magazines, gift books, and online. In 2017, her poem, "Los Compadres," was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Sally's first publication for children is "Where's My Hug?" a lift-the-flap board book published by WorthyKids/Ideals. Buy it for a child you love.
Sally Clark

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