poetry and prose about place

spring flowers – service berry bushes

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At this time of year, many ditches and fields in New Brunswick are filled with Serviceberry bushes in bloom. Their delicate white flowers only last a short while but later, in summer, we will be able to pick sweet Serviceberries.



the shad are running


after hard rain

and thin wind

between cold front and warm

riverbanks overflow

and for dinner we have fiddleheads

potatoes and shad, served

with last summer’s Serviceberry jam


Serviceberry bushes are torn fish nets

holes poked through with fingers

white petals scattered over mossy stones

on the river shore



Published as ‘the shad are running’ in within easy reach, 2016, Chapel Street Editions



Copyright Jane Tims 2017

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  1. I like this very much because you’re making the concrete things of nature feel profound. So often people with less poetic chops (like me) will jump into vague concepts that have less emotional power because they can’t be seen and understood with the eyes and the right hemisphere.

    Btw, thank you for your great comment – helping me with my dilemma. 🙂

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    M. Talmage Moorehead

    May 17, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    • Thanks! I am a biologist so I tend to see nature as the basis of every interpretation of our lives.

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      jane tims

      May 18, 2017 at 8:17 am

      • I majored in biology (got a BA) and loved the upper division genetics especially. I think nature speaks to our sixth sense. Urban life and hectic indoor work schedules make us forget the whole experience if we’re not careful.

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        M. Talmage Moorehead

        May 18, 2017 at 6:04 pm

      • Oh, you are so right. It is very hard for today’s people to return even a little to their real ‘habitat’. I try to encourage love of The out of doors in all my writing.

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        jane tims

        May 18, 2017 at 11:23 pm

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