44839: Poetry From a Zip Code, 2017

With only a few days left in National Poetry Month, this pedometer geek is sharing one of the poems from the first anthology, 44839: Poetry From a Zip Code. The anthology was published by Drinian Press, LLC, in conjunction with the Huron Public Library’s Poet Laureate program. This poem is called “Serving Berries.”

Serving Berries

With the house came trees,

we kept them all except two old maples.

A clump of trees was in the mix.

What they were, we had no idea,

but they were lichen-covered and leafy.


Next year, though,

the clump brought forth

soft blossoms of white,

followed by small berries

of red deepening to blue.

Not blueberries, but serviceberries

we discovered.


And with the advent of the berries

came masked birds,

glossy winged cedar waxwings.

First, one or two who nibbled and then disappeared,

A few days later, ten, fifteen, more

flocked to the tree, covering it,

noshing on succulent fruits,

clearing the tree.

Just as quickly, they were gone,

not to be seen again

until the next year.


Now we watch

waiting for blossoms,

the berries,

then the scouts, and

finally the flock.


The timing must be just right,

too early a spring,

other birds get the prize,

too late,

the scouts report back: the berries aren’t ripe.


Today, the masked scouts arrived,

picking at berries here and there,

cocking their heads this way and that,

as if deciding.

Will they bring the flock?

Is the timing right for the birds

and for the birdwatchers?


We watch. We wait.

~Nancy Brady, 2017DSC_4853cr

The blossoms are now out on our serviceberry tree. We have recently planted three more of them in the wildflower garden. Of course, it will take several years before they produce berries.  And now, we wait.

Photo by Nancy Brady, 2020


About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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6 Responses to 44839: Poetry From a Zip Code, 2017

  1. Jules says:

    I have some mulberry… I was told I needed both male and female for berries. I think one of the pair got struck by lightning and is gone… The other still lives but I haven’t seen any berries for a few years.

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    • I didn’t realize that you needed a pair of mulberries to have fruit. One of our neighbors has one that produces berries, and they are messy when they drop to the sidewalk. Maybe there are two of them, one each. You teach something new every day, Jules. Thanks for opening my mind.

      By the way, I am finally learning how to put photos on my site, It has only taken 4 or 5 years, but now that I have a digital camera, I can post some photos. Of course, still trying to figure out how to make the photo smaller. I crop them but there must be another step I am missing. This one is of our large serviceberry tree in bloom. Since I took the photo, it is even more fully in bloom.

      Take care, stay healthy.

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      • Jules says:

        I think if there is another mulberry tree in the area the female bearing the fruit… yep it is messy.

        I sent you an email about how I deal with some net images and photos. Hope it helps.

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  2. There certainly is the possibility that there is another mulberry in the area. Not sure that I would recognize one by sight especially if it wasn’t bearing fruit. I love nature and the out of doors, but I don’t focus on it. My birding ability is limited to cardinals, blue jays, hawks (but not the individual types), robins, sparrows (like hawks they are all lumped together), and a few others.


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