Raspberry Fields

Dawn-washed workers

At the Stone Bridge

Pickers packed in a trailer

Tea and sugar

In a kerchief wrap

Bread and jam

Woodbine in a paper pack

Hired by the day


Rows in regulations

Rank and file

Staff and string supported

Bowed and bent

Fruit peeking

Among the dew-dampened leaves

Fingers sensing, seeking

Grasping, plucking

Gutties squelching, elevated

By the cloying soil

Row after row after row.

Three pence a punnet.

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