clinging to the withering bramble.
Just out of reach.
Enough to flavour the apple cooking.
The hair like thorn has pierced unnoticed
until the irritation breaks consciousness hours later.
Look up and see the holly, haw and rowan
ejecting their fruitful berries,
a coloured canvas of reds, greens and hues of beauty
paused for admiration,
wonder and wellbeing,
awaiting their dissemination by birds with appetite and flight.
And also there
a tardy group of bilberries,
stifled by dryness in June,
they find a way to join the harvest festival
and play with their devourer,
painting the fingers and tongue a royal purple.
Bilberry, blackberry, haw, holly and rowan
joined by the blood-red garden raspberry
whose brightness calls a blackbird to dance in flight and pluck.
He makes no distinction in the property, investment or desires of man
but claims the lavish berry banquet set out from heaven
before the coolness turns to coldness and coldness turns to ice.