I strolled down raspberry isles
a little overgrown, endless
choosing the Tulameens
rosy and polished when ripe, tart
the way I knew you’d prefer.
Warm hours filling green baskets
of berries and doubt this might make a difference.
A fine dusty layer of dry filth
covered my feet, legs, silence,
on hands that reached deep into the bushes
where no one looks
where vicious thorns are grander,
but so is the fruit, and possibly your
renewed love for me with them too.
My face beamed
presenting something you love
held by flushed stained hands
ripe with blood from punishing thorns.
You point behind me
to the large berries out of my reach,
I had not noticed.
You tell me it’s not difficult to know
how to satisfy you
as you turn heading home
with or without me
now too disappointed to speak.
What could anyone have said then?
Taut skin of the bubbly berries pop and splatter
as they plummet out onto rocks below.
Tiny blood droplets collected dirt
as they travelled down my drooping hand
camouflaged by raspberry juice
Rebecca is a writer based in Portland transplanted from NH in 2014. She grew up on a dead-end road exploring drainage pipes and pond life. Now settled here with her family, she works as a veterinary technician, volunteers with an animal rescue, pet-sits on the side, and promotes that feminism is for everyone.
Rebecca enjoys diving deep into forgotten memories and her weird dreams which all fuel her muse. She is a true believer of once down in print, words are no longer for the writer, but instead are meant to support, heal or console others.
You can find her writing most recently in the Unchaste Anthology, Mutha Magazine, VoiceCatcher and her first chapbook, “Womanhood and Other Scars” from PoetryBox.com.