Heirloom Hocked – Sheryl L. Nelms

Common Sheep Sorrel


I always gathered

spring greens

with Gram


down by Mission Creek


we would climb

those steep banks




lamb’s quarter

sheep sorrel

poke weed

and nettles


using knowledge

handed down

from mother to daughter

from England and Ireland


now with Gram dead

and a mother who got too sophisticated

become uncertain

can’t quite remember


how many times do I boil the poke

and was it the leaves or the berries?


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