14 June – Gooseberry gift

It’s the zing of childhood glee
in pure nostalgic taste.
Last year’s shared crop
was eaten like candy
and candied to jams
of deep purple red
and frog spawn green.
But this year,
this year the gift has grown.
It’s smaller for now
but rooted and rising…
a tantalising taste
of what’s to come –
an old fashioned sweet shop
on my own back lawn!
Already now, a leafy hand opens,
offering me its enticing treat,
the first, fine, plump little gooseberry,
a glorious, gorgeous gobstopper fruit.

14 June - Gooseberry gift