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Day: March 22, 2011

Blackberry Picking: A Seamus Heaney Poem with Candor, Virtue, and Reality

“Blackberry Picking” by Seamus Heaney Late August, given heavy rain and sun For a full week, the blackberries would ripen. At first, just one, a glossy purple clot Among others, red, green, hard as a knot. You ate that first one and its flesh was sweet Like thickened wine: summer’s blood was in it Leaving …

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The Source of the Pearly Gates?

Andrew Pudewa told me at the Southeast Home School Convention that he was “as happy as an oyster.” Not, notice, a clam, but an oyster. Why an oyster? Because an oyster swallows it irritations and converts them to pearls.