Blueberry Jam

Roderick MacDonald

A gift of Island poetry | curated by Deirdre Kessler

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On a hidden shelf
In a jar of heavy glass
Deep, dark, and thick
Preserved while time has passed

In the dusty basement
With heirloom threadbare tablecloths
Discarded Tupperware
Where cedar guards against the moths

Bottled joy of that August day
Along the edge of the berry field
You trod lightly as you gleaned
I awkward as I kneeled

Under the sun
Quiet but for bee buzzing and birdsong
That filled the arching sky
All afternoon long

—Roderick MacDonald. Here and There: Poetry of Rural Prince Edward Island. The Acorn Press, 2020.

Deirdre Kessler selects a poem a month by an Island poet for The Buzz.

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