Tuesday, May 10, 2016

New Huckleberry from John Roche


Huckleberrying with Henry David
Huckleberrying with Huckleberry Finn
Huckleberrying with Huckleberry Hound
Huckleberrying with Rizzuto and his huckleberries
How come I can't find huckleberries in the supermarket?
They've got blueberries, strawberries, raspberries,
black raspberries, even lychee nuts and gooseberry jam, but no huckleberries
"Blueberry America" long gone.
Olson said it was covered in "Jersey dump-smoke" even back in Williams' day.
Most of the blackberry patches of my youth have been built over,
 or torn out, or surrendered to Round-up.
But where did the huckleberries go?
Google tells me huckleberry was once a term of endearment
as in "you're my little huckleberry".
Google tells me they're the state fruit of Idaho.
Is that where all the huckleberries are hiding?
Maybe we need a Johnny Huckleberryseed to go east instead of west.
Maybe we need to plant them in every abandoned strip mall.
Maybe huckleberries will inherit the earth, long after we're gone.

                                        ----John Roche


  1. Often what people call wild blueberries are actually huckleberries. There's a place in a nearby (from Wheeler Hill) state forest called Huckleberry Swamp.

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