First published in Tandem 1:1, Spring 2021, page 19. Originally written 14 August 2020, by email.

      by Michael Dylan Welch and Kristen Lindquist

as gone as granddad
the gooseberries
by his garden shed                                                         Michael

        all the ripe raspberries
        eaten by catbirds                                                    Kristen

boysenberry cobbler
passed for dessert . . .
the empty chair                                                               Michael

wild blackberries
on the long drive home
they don’t keep                                                               Kristen

        a cloudberry squashed
        in the polar bear print                                            Michael

passing shower
a pail of blueberries
spills in the field                                                               Kristen