Clifton King

Rookie - 50 Points (December 24,1943 / Long Beach, California)

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How To Make Blackberry Wine

Get up early and make coffee.
Watch the sun rise over the Cascades.
This will not improve the wine in any way,
but is a proper beginning for the day.

Have breakfast before setting out
to harvest blackberries. They are not
difficult to find along old fence lines,
the perimeters of farm fields
and I know there’s a big patch behind
the barn on the Wilson farm.
Beware of thorns and yellow jackets.

When your bucket is full, fingers
a brilliant purple from berry juice,
the harvest is done. On the way home
stop at the Johnson place. Give ...

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