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Dewberry Cobbler

"Caleb, go fetch me some dewberries from the fence row," Momma says, 
as I polish off my Saturday morning breakfast. "I'll make us a cobbler." 
She stands in her humble kitchen, the light of a country morning dawns
on her face. She's beautiful. I'd be happy to walk a hundred miles to 
fetch her berries, or anything else. She hands me an old milk carton
with the top cut out of it. I burst out the door, running for the fence row
with the dog close behind. "And watch for snakes," she hollers after me.
As I round the edge of the 40 acre soybean field, I take the time to thank
God my dad doesn't have me hoeing weeds out of it.

toes peek out
from the canvass sneakers –
milk mustache

The dewberry vines meander beneath the line of fencing in between
the posts. I poke the undergrowth with my walking stick, trying to shoo
out any snakes! The berries ripen early this year in the Arkansas heat 
wave. The stickers get me good where my big toe pokes out, I wince. 
It’s too late now to go back for boots. The berries are real ripe and juicy,
staining my fingers as I drop them into the jug. “Two for me and one for
Momma,” I laugh and a passing Jay mimics with a caw. 

Momma's call 
carries down the row 
stomach growls

Poets: Caleb Smith & Debbie Guzzi
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  1. Date: 4/16/2014 2:08:00 PM
    I am a country girl, so I can appreciate the simple beauty in this poem. Well done to you both! Congratulations on your win!...Thank you for the kind congrats on my poem. :)

  1. Date: 4/16/2014 5:28:00 AM
    congratulations to you both, to see two excellent writers together is wonderful xx

  1. Date: 4/15/2014 8:17:00 PM
    Wow, my favorite.. I love this seamless story that touches the heart and brings me back to my own childhood picking berry days.. Congrats on your win!

  1. Date: 4/15/2014 12:58:00 PM
    delicious combination, caleb and debbie.. sweet congrats!... huggs

  1. Date: 4/15/2014 12:52:00 PM
    Beautifully collaborated Caleb and Debbie... Congratulations on your winning in the contest. Verlena

  1. Date: 4/15/2014 11:10:00 AM
    Dear Deb and Caleb, Truly a pleasure to read this poem. Love the "down home" wording and laughed at the "milk mustache." My mom used to send me out looking for wild blackberries to bake in pies, so there was also a trip down memory lane for me. Wonderful collaboration! Congrats on your success in the contest. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 4/15/2014 10:41:00 AM
    Brilliantly collaborated poem. Congrats on the win, Debbie

  1. Date: 4/15/2014 10:21:00 AM
    Congrats Debbie & Caleb for this pleasurable write...tempting berries, too:) // paul

  1. Date: 4/15/2014 9:35:00 AM
    Well done both, nice picture , Seren

  1. Date: 3/28/2014 7:48:00 PM
    I love your joint poem, Debbie and Caleb, this is a wonderful contrast and I can almost smell the baking pie.

  1. Date: 3/12/2014 5:49:00 PM
    Super-mega-awesome! You two did a great job! I especially love the haiku! I guess that this haibun is for Jared's Contest ... you're going to be on the top of the winner's list, Deborah! Great work.

  1. Date: 3/12/2014 5:36:00 AM
    Great work about the fun of picking dewberries..Reads like a winner for a contest..Thanks for the visit to my page..Saraa

  1. Date: 3/5/2014 9:41:00 PM
    Nice collaboration here! Tasty work! Peace & Love Matthew Aniish

  1. Date: 3/4/2014 8:51:00 AM
    sweet berries so good for the soul.. posted another moon poem ; i wonder why i'm into this right now.. wonderful collab with caleb..huggs

  1. Date: 3/3/2014 8:23:00 PM
    A lovely one is this Debbie,the collaboration really works fine;the output is classic. I hope the cherries here will not go the way of ''“Two for me and one for Momma,” rather; two for Caleb and two for Debbie. Immense thanks for your visit to my page.

  1. Date: 3/3/2014 10:07:00 AM
    I really enjoyed this pipes. I now have a craving for desert. The two of you have created a special piece.

  1. Date: 3/2/2014 10:12:00 AM
    you two work so well together : )

    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi
    Date: 3/2/2014 10:21:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes, we both have a lot in common & if we were of an age and not attached & not across the continent from each other I'm sure we would enjoy meeting. He's a lovely man, a great husband & father & he values the things in life we ARE valuable!
  1. Date: 3/1/2014 7:31:00 PM
    oh how NEATO!!! you guys composed it together. What an excellent idea. I knew you were thinking of Caleb with his name and having him on a farm. Which haiku was yours and which his? This rocks.

    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi
    Date: 3/2/2014 8:41:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I wrote the first haiku & the second paragraph, Caleb wrote the first paragraph & the second haiku
  1. Date: 3/1/2014 7:29:00 PM
    Hi, Debs, the poem of mine you last commented on was a form I invented from that particular type of meter. I have found it works really well for short lined poetry. Let me look at your haibun now. I love this kind of poetry.

  1. Date: 3/1/2014 3:57:00 PM
    A nice poem that kind of made me feel young again. when everything was pure and innocent. I loved it Debbie....Peter