Heirloom Hocked

vie2lilla.jpeg    by Sheryl L. Nelms

I always gathered

spring greens

with Gram

 

down by Mission Creek

 

we would climb

those steep banks

picking

dock

dandelion

lamb’s quarter

sheep sorrel

poke weed

and nettles

 

using knowledge

handed down

from mother to daughter

from England and Ireland

 

now with Gram dead

and a mother who got too sophisticated

become uncertain

can’t quite remember

 

how many times do I boil the poke

and was it the leaves or the berries?

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