The Berry Bush

by Drora Matlofsky

I buried my sorrows under a berry bush
Deep in the ground.
They will never be found
By any merry berry seeker
Seeking around.

I hide and watch the children by my berry bush
Dancing around
Happy to have found
Berries sweet,
A secret treat.

Only I know that my sadness lies very deep
Under the fruit
Under the root.

Berry sweeetness, sorrow bitter,
Are tears of laughter.

Goodbye, goodbye,
I wave and say
As I tiptoe away.

Drora Matlofsky has been living in Jerusalem since 1984. Her poetry in English has appeared in various poetry and Jewish magazines and her poetry in French can be found on the Poésie Française site.

Last updated September 20, 2015