Tristan Hazell lives and works in the shadow of the Westway on Portobello Road. What follows is a collection of observations, reviews, social comment, fiction, poetry, art criticism and more. Much of it is fiction and some of it will offend someone somewhere, I hope.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Picking Blackberries without a signal.


Picking blackberries

I met her in the usual way
she cancelled her dance class by Blackberry

If only she had been less nimble with her fingers
we might have taken things more slowly
but it was all arranged by Blackberry

             The blackberry way

In those weeks
we met 
we talked
we laughed 
we ate blackberry pie 

we loved
we fought
we made up

and all the while she Blackberried

In the autumn I took her blackberrying
in a rural place without a signal

she left me then... By the Blackberries.
             I let her go without a signal.


Blackberries
Rubus ursinus
Rich in antioxidant vitamins A and C
Although there are no clinical studies to date proving these effects below in humans, medical research shows likely benefit of regularly consuming blackberries against:
pleurisy and lung inflammation 
anti-thrombosis (inhibition of blood clotting) 
several types of cancer 
endotoxin shock 
cardiovascular diseases 
diabetes 
age-related cognitive decline. 
When the plant antioxidant story became public a few years ago, one of the first fruits to rise to the top of the ORAC charts was the blackberry. A member of the rose family (Rosacea) and Rubus species of brambleberries (also called "caneberries"). The genus Rubus contains over 740 species as perennial, deciduous, woody shrubs with long vines ("brambles" up to 20 ft long) covered by firm thorns that made blackberry brambles useful as a defensive barrier along English land borders during the 16th century.
Rubus also includes roses and diverse other major fruits, including strawberries, apples, pears and peaches. While it may be difficult to see common characteristics among such diverse fruits and the blackberry, there is one important botanical similarity: the flower. All these Rubus plants typically have 5-7 white/pink petals around a central cluster of yellow stamens.



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