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  • Strawberry Time
  • Cassie Premo Steele (bio)

As the day turns toward fallAnd the leaves of dogwoodSlowly redden, my mind leansTo the memory of wild berry,Fragaria virginiana, tuckedAway as seeds after red wasSwallowed by the birds andScattered over waiting ground.What is eaten in the presentBecomes fruit for the future,As quantum time remindsUs that all circles begin hereAnd now and what we doWill ripple sweet or sourAnd become the flower to feedOr starve the coming generations. [End Page 45]

Cassie Premo Steele

Cassie Premo Steele, Ph.D., is an award-winning poet and the author of sixteen books, including six books of poetry. Her work has appeared recently or is forthcoming in Open Minds Quarterly, Sinister Wisdom, Oxford Magazine, Windmill, Lavender Review, and Cutthroat Magazine. She lives in South Carolina with her wife, dog and three chickens. Her website is



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