Blackberry still life (a poem)

The October 27th prompt in The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice, by Kelli Russell Agodon & Martha Silano, involves using the first line of Sylvia Plath’s poem ‘Blackberrying’ as the first line of a poem, and, if possible, including the word ‘blackberries’ in the last line or referencing Sylvia Plath in the title of the poem.

blackberry still life

Nobody in the lane, and nothing, nothing but blackberries;
helicopter blades and the roar of a jet
break the afternoon stillness.
Clouds saunter past as though nothing has changed;
the water’s surface ripples like a nervous tic.

Nobody spoke to me, and nothing, nothing but circumstances
call attention to the delusions I harbor,
unyielding in the stillness.
Clouds and jets shift positions across my view;
the water’s surface shimmies like a stilted dancer.

Nobody in the lane, and nothing, nothing but blackberries;
it’s autumn now, and the blackberries are dead.

(27 October 2014)