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  • I dream of walking once again
    along the shores in fall
    let my hands brush
    through the splendour of goldenrod spikes
    mixed with asters, purple and blue
    kneel down to find the gleaming ruby pucker of cranberries
    nestled among the mosses

    Maybe I’ll fold up my shirt
    carry some home
    a makeshift sack full of glowing jewels held close

    Up through the thicker woods and blowdowns
    until I pass out of the glowering spruce
    and slip among the graceful curves of the flame bright birches

    Step out, finally into the meadow
    where the black eyed susans bravely stand
    above the grasses bowed and silver with dew

    I’ll carry my treasure carefully
    tip my shirt to pour them into a bowl
    add sugar and stir
    and stir
    and stir
    until the berries turn translucent, swell
    and burst without being pressed or crushed

    Karen taught us to make cranberry sauce this way
    a recipe she carried with her as a girl from Norway
    nearly 100 years ago now

    Then I will make the eggy thin crepe batter
    watch it bubble and sizzle in the pan
    golden brown, crisp around the edges
    curled like a windblown leaf
    I’ll spread it with my cranberry sauce
    and taste the memory of summer
    sweetly tart
    on my tongue

    Oh I dream of walking once again
    along the shores in fall
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