Chana’s Corner

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Blueberry Avalanche


One person in front of me at the Costco checkout line,
your wagon explodes with lah-dee-dah-dah
Casually, you toss its contents on the belt, looking bored, maybe
A box of ambitious blueberries springs from your arms
Ninety-nine and a half
here there and everywhere


Off they go, spinning blue mini-planets
left, right and center
You cringe, looking defeated

As if on cue, an industrial-sized broom and dustpan appears
Bye-bye, blueberries
instantly whisked away

You hesitate, sheepish
I smile at you — a blueberry-fest grin
Smiling back, your shoulders relax
Well, that was lots of blue, I muse

Off you go, and off go I
A slice of life or blueberry pie
“I’ll have a story when I get home
and inevitably pen a blueberry poem.

Originally from New York City but currently living in Toronto, Canada, CHANA PERMAN is a Jewish poet, mother and learning-strategies instructor. She holds a master’s degree in special education, and has worked in that field for 25 years. Her cherished roles as mother, teacher and guidance consultant provide inspiration and material for her writing, both prose and poetry.

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