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Today the Berries: a poem by local author John Bragstad

Aug 01, 2023 09:12AM ● By Content Editor
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By local author and writer John Bragstad for Boreal Community Media - August 1, 2023

Today the berries must be 
picked, Tomorrow will not do, 
the sun has tinged them perfect blue, 
the next days might be fleeting.

Today the berries must be 
picked, in undiscovered places, 
off paths seldom traveled  
such unexpected graces.

Delayed wildness will not 
work. Tomorrow’s chores can 
wait. Today is for the sending, 
tomorrow for the mending,

heavy on the branch, 
wine-stained hands,  
treasures not to shirk.

Today the berries must be
picked, Bursting flavor, luscious
melody  for any pastry or

A sometimes accidental  
favor in plain sight.

From: Who’s Watching Whoo?
50 poems from the Arrowhead
by John Bragstad

About the author

John A. Bragstad has been a therapist, working with couples and individuals, for 25 years. He is self-published and is enjoying retirement. Lake Superior is just off his front porch.

He has written three books: Compass Season, Loon Laughter at Midnight, and Who's Watching Whoo? They are available in Grand Marais at Drury Lane and Lake Superior Trading Post, or at

Related: Meet your Boreal Community Media Freelance Journalist: John Bragstad

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