Wild cherries

immature-cherriesMay, and after the exuberance of blossom, comes the gradual swelling of fruit. Some flowers fail, and wither to brown, but most begin to flesh around the pip – hard and sour at first, but with the sun and rain, nearing sweet maturity. Then the mistle-thrush becomes impatient, and it must have a share, but I will wait – my Kilner jars sparkling and ready. June, still full of possibility for the long days ahead, will be captured and kept for winter evenings, glowing red, like the embers of summer’s memory.

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