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Jenny Bornholdt


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(Plums)


This is just to say
thank you
for the poem about
the plums in the icebox.

When I went
to the fridge
in the cottage
and found

plums
I thought of
you yes, they
were delicious

so sweet and
cold, so
kind of her to
leave them

She said
bring a bag
and pick
some

we planted
the trees
for the
wood pigeons

and now
we have plums
to spare and
birds

Mouth and feet
stained red
I search
another book

trying to find
the line
where he goes
to the fridge

was it for plums?
In one poem it’s
beer and
mangoes

but it’s only
him thinking
about the fridge, not
opening the door.

Raspberries – I
find them
The raspberries my son gave me
wild, a few out of the fridge, a few I put
in my mouth, some in my shirt pocket
and forgot
as we did
with the plums

shirts
blooming
kindnesses
rose




 

From These Days (VUP, 2000)

Jenny Bornholdt
 



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Last updated 16 February, 2005