Strawberry Jam

“Strawberry Jam” was first published in Crab Orchard Review (Dec. 2019)

What if your sister told you
that the strawberry jam
you were about to spread
on your toast
was from the last jar
your mother ever made?

Would you swipe the knife
across your slice and take
a big bite, or tongue-tickle
a little lick?

Maybe you’d stare at the jar
for a bit; lift it to your face,
breathe in
broken memories
of all that picking

before you closed the lid

scooted back your chair
stepped outside into dry autumn air
held that jar, two hands to your chest

made your way, step by step
to your mother’s strawberry patch
and tried to bury it
with your bare hands.

By Elizabeth Boquet

 

3 thoughts on “Strawberry Jam

  1. Dear Liz, I’ve been invited by Lauren to join a group circulating favorite poetry by email. Offering a poem results in an email full of poems found meaningful to those invited to share. Wanted to know if it’s okay to include one of yours – likely Strawberry Jam?

    Will understand whatever you decide. Also, would you like to be included in the exchange?

    Packing a small bag for month stay on Little Gasparilla Island in Fl w/Jim. Think of you often. I’m trying to write a children’s story about Maine. I’ll get some input from someone through the library —cuz it’s hard!

    Love, Linda

    1. I’d be honored to have “Strawberry Jam” circulated by you! Although it has been published, all rights reverted to me upon publication so no worries — and, thank you but I’d rather not participate in the exchange. Let me know how the book comes along — I’d love to read it! I translated/co-wrote a children’s book with my neighbor about a boy who collected buoys in Maine (based on Alex)…makes me think I should pull it out and do something with it! xo

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