July Berries

The brim of my hat blocks
late July sunshine
as I climb sagging fences.
The plastic pail tied at my waist
clunks against a post on the way over.
I side-step rabbit holes
and the torn-ear bull
to find a clump of briars
grown round and heavy
with summer sun.
My hands reach past thorns
to fruit birds couldn't peck.
Popping every other
in the bucket, I dream
of dark jam and cobblers
with thick crusts.
I fill my mouth
with warm berries,
breaking taut bodies
against the roof,
letting juice run down my chin
and speckle my shirt.

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