poetry and prose about place

the ideal property

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A few years ago, my younger brother lived in New Brunswick for a while and we were able to see him and my sister-in-law quite often.  We had some great times, camping one weekend on Grand Manan, watching Survivor together, seeing their terrific Christmas decorations, and just visiting.

One of the weekends I remember well was our drive to see their new property along the St. John River.  Although they eventually sold the property, it remains one of the best plots of land I have ever seen.  My poem will tell you why!



Land For Sale



two acres

one of cleared field

one of woods

silver maple, curly fern, rocky shore

transparent water and wobbling waves

an island over there

(conservation land)

(no buildings to intercept

the view)


plans manifest

the house here

the driveway    a garden    a gate

a path through the maples

to the shore and a dock

two good-natured chairs

turned toward one another

skating in January     bonfires in July

promising neighbours

reasonable price


and the clincher?

the deal maker?

the heart breaker?

a crooked bush

with five fat blueberries

ready to pick


1. never eat any plant if you are not absolutely certain of the identification;
2. never eat any plant if you have personal sensitivities, including allergies, to certain plants or their derivatives;
3. never eat any plant unless you have checked several sources to verify the edibility of the plant.


©  Jane Tims 2011

Written by jane tims

November 14, 2011 at 6:27 am

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  1. Excellent poem Jane. In a way it makes a person feel sad that they sold the property! As always your drawings are great. I like how you finished this up …

    and the clincher?
    the deal maker?
    the heart breaker?
    I’ve marked it down in my notes for future reference. 🙂




    November 15, 2011 at 7:33 am

    • Hi. Thanks for your comments. I hope it doesn’t make them sad!! Jane


      jane tims

      November 15, 2011 at 5:34 pm

  2. Mmmmm… fresh blueberries off the bush! It does sound like a perfect piece of land – too bad your brother and sister-in-law had to sell it…


    Barbara Rodgers

    November 14, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    • Hi. It set the bar for all other properties to come! Our property by the lake has many of the same qualities, but the blueberries (those particular five berries) are long gone! Jane


      jane tims

      November 14, 2011 at 6:28 pm

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