JUST MEMORY MONASTERY
23 May--7 June 2016
Amelanchier arborea, berry
of my North Dakota childhood.
Berry of my mother's kitchen--
connecting family picnics at Tasker's Coulee,
where bushes grow wild traveling
from Missouri by bird. Tasker's Coulee
in the Wildlife Preserve created by FDR,
seat of Lutheran theology and country church,
where personal mythology is born in me.
Did the tree goddess from the nursery know?
In the first years, the few berries
go to the birds. My granddaughter takes me
by the hand and childhood returns
with the tree's bounty, Grandpa, taste this berry!
We fill our cereal bowls until they promise a pie.
These are Juneberries, beautiful thing,
Let's take them to Grandma. I was your age,
a boy, when I first tasted this pleasure.