‘Blackberry-Picking’ by Seamus Heaney

‘Blackberry-Picking’

by Seamus Heaney100_2431

“Late August, given heavy rain and sun
For a full week, the blackberries would ripen.
At first, just one, a glossy purple clot
Among others, red, green, hard as a knot.
You ate that first one and its flesh was sweet
Like thickened wine: summer’s blood was in it…”

You can read the complete poem here. Seamus Heaney was born on this day in 1939, you can read more of his work through Surrey Libraries.

Want more? Take a look at our Words in Focus book, full of great work by Surrey Poets.

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