For expressing joy in the immediate a poem is a perfect vehicle. No matter the isolation, the hardship, the loss. such occasions occur. in his poem "Blackberry Eating," Galway Kinnell (1927-2014) expresses his encounter with blackberries. He writes that the blackberries he has picked in late September at breakfast "fall almost unbidden" to his "tongue/ as words sometimes do...
which I squeeze, squinch open, and splurge well
in the silent, startled, icy, black language
of blackberry eating in late September.
Copyright 1980 by Galway Kinnell. From MORTAL ACTS, MORTAL WORDS (Mariner Books, 1980).
Neva Herrington is a poet and former educator. She is currently working on a new book of poetry, a collection of short stories, and her memoir. Her inspiration comes from her own experience and the work of other poets.