Ripe for the Picking – A Haibun

Ripe for the Picking





As kids growing up we would pile into the family car for the Sunday drive.  Living in the city this was most often a trip into the country where we could connect with nature.

The car rides would seem endless and there were no videos, iPhones or iPads.  We would play I Spy and word games to pass the time and maybe stop for a picnic on the way.

Once there, we’d fish for tadpoles, walk in the woods picking bluebells and our favorite would be plucking those wild blackberries from the brambles and eating them on the way home.

Hedgerows of brambles
The highlight of our summer
Picking blackberries


Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Merrill is hosting Haibun Monday at D’Verse
tonight and she has challenged us with writing
about Nature and she shared some words with
us as prompts. I chose ‘bramble’

  22 comments for “Ripe for the Picking – A Haibun

  1. June 24, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    Nice memories. The simpler times…

    • Christine Bolton
      June 24, 2019 at 10:19 pm

      Thank you. Yes for sure 🙂💕

  2. June 25, 2019 at 12:13 am

    Though I grew up in the country, this reminds me of picking strawberries with my nana. Made me smile. 🍓 😎

    • Christine Bolton
      June 25, 2019 at 8:52 am

      Great memories Crystal 🙂💕

  3. June 25, 2019 at 12:56 am

    Golden memories, Christine <3

    • Christine Bolton
      June 25, 2019 at 8:51 am

      Yes! Thanks Lisa 🙂💕

      • June 25, 2019 at 12:34 pm

        YW 🙂

  4. June 25, 2019 at 2:35 am

    They were definitely goods times, we were fortunate kids…………

    • Christine Bolton
      June 25, 2019 at 8:51 am

      On reflection, yes we were. I never lost that excitement for nature 💕🙂

  5. Camille
    June 25, 2019 at 5:12 am

    There is so much fun in enjoying nature and the simply things. Great reminder of those moments

    • Christine Bolton
      June 25, 2019 at 8:50 am

      Thank you Camille 🙂 I still enjoy those time things, except it’s now Mangoes!!

      • Camille
        June 25, 2019 at 10:57 am

        I love mangoes!

  6. June 25, 2019 at 10:02 am

    This has a fresh, summery feeling, throughout.

    • Christine Bolton
      June 25, 2019 at 11:24 am

      Thank you 😊

  7. June 26, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Lovely memories–this makes me think of the times we took our daughters to pick berries (so thank you). 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      June 27, 2019 at 9:57 pm

      Thank you so much Merrill. Yes, those are aways special memories for families 💕🙂

  8. June 26, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    I love to pick all kind of berries… here it would mostly be the wild blueberries …

    • Christine Bolton
      June 26, 2019 at 4:04 pm

      Oh that is fun too! I did that in Maine a couple of years ago 🙂

  9. June 27, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    Summer vacation, car rides, boredom… and oh the heaven that aaits, to be in a place bigger than the world, and sweeter. well written.

    • Christine Bolton
      June 27, 2019 at 9:54 pm

      Thank you so much Lona. It was fun growing up! 🙂

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