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Blackberry-Picking

By Seamus Heaney

Late August, given heavy rain and sun
For a full week, the blackberries would ripen.
At first, just one, a glossy purple clot . . .

Blackberrying

By Sylvia Plath

Nobody in the lane, and nothing, nothing but blackberries,   
Blackberries on either side, though on the right mainly,
A blackberry alley, going down in hooks, and a sea . . .

Bleeding Heart

By Carmen Giménez Smith

My heart is bleeding. It bleeds upward and fills
my mouth up with salt. It bleeds because of a city in ruins,
the chair still warm from sister's body, . . .

A Blessing

By James Wright

Just off the highway to Rochester, Minnesota,
Twilight bounds softly forth on the grass.
And the eyes of those two Indian ponies . . .

Blind Curse

By Simon J. Ortiz

You could drive blind
for those two seconds
and they would be forever. . . .

A Blind Fisherman

By Stanley Moss

I teach my friend, a fisherman gone blind, to cast
true left, right or center and how far
between lily pads and the fallen cedar. . . .

The Bloody Sire

By Robinson Jeffers

It is not bad.  Let them play.
Let the guns bark and the bombing-plane
Speak his prodigious blasphemies. . . .

The Blue Booby

By James Tate

The blue booby lives
on the bare rocks
of Galápagos . . .

A Boat Beneath a Sunny Sky

By Lewis Carroll

A BOAT beneath a sunny sky,
Lingering onward dreamily
In an evening of July — . . .

The Bones of My Father

By Etheridge Knight

1
There are no dry bones
here in this valley. The skull . . .