poetry and prose about place

getting ready for fall – choke-cherries

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I have finished the final painting in the group for my sale in November. The last one is titled ‘within easy reach’, the title of my book and the first poem in the book!  The painting is done in acrylics, 8″ X 16″, gallery edges, with Ultramarine blue, Cadmium red, Cadmium yellow, Burnt sienna and Titanium white.


Choke-cherry is a large weedy shrub, found along roadways, at the edge of fields and woods, and in barrens and lakeside thickets. The dark red berries occur in drooping clusters. They are very sour but are used to make jelly and wine. When the choke-cherries are ripe, all you have to do is reach up and your pail will fill to overflowing!


August 30, 2016 'within easy reach' Jane Tims

August 30, 2016 ‘within easy reach’ Jane Tims


within easy reach


Choke-cherry (Prunus virginiana L.)


Choke-cherries flow

into pail, sunlight

into winter, glint

of ripening by fireside

and flame, a taste

of dry wine, cherry-laden

and summer within

easy reach, berries

by the handful, ice-pellets

against the glass



within easy reach, Chapel Street Editions, 2016

Copyright Jane Tims 2016

Written by jane tims

September 2, 2016 at 7:00 am

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  1. I’ve never eaten chokecherries, and hadn’t realized until recently that they were edible.

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    September 4, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    • They are pucker-power sour! If you try them, make sure you know for sure they are chokecherry.


      jane tims

      September 4, 2016 at 9:09 pm

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