the gloss taken off

the gloss taken off
to June Le Baige, 14 June 1923 – 2 November 2012

Strawberry_mother
‘through meanderings of spoken vine’

to ‘hull’
a strawberry
you showed me
how one needs
that nip of
strength in
thumb and
forefinger,
to twist and
pull the faded
crown off the
oiled berry
body so
easily crushed
with eager finger,
best moments
we would sit
together in
concentration,
and sometimes if
there was something
on the stove that kept
you busy, you would
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