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Mary Lou Spartz has lived in Alaska for many decades. She never ceases to be amazed and fascinated by the place, the people and the possibilities.
Writers' Weir: The Invitation 041217 AE 1 By Mary Lou Spartz Mary Lou Spartz has lived in Alaska for many decades. She never ceases to be amazed and fascinated by the place, the people and the possibilities.

Art by James Kelly.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Story last updated at 4/11/2017 - 5:59 pm

Writers' Weir: The Invitation

I left a note

by Mr. Coffee

saying I’ve gone

hunting on my knees

for the nagoon berry

with its ruby juice

and subtle flavor.

Not easy to find,

and hard to pick,

but so worth it.

Come with me

down a quiet summer

path leading to a gem

so perfect it lives

in memory long after

the jelly’s left the jar.

Mary Lou Spartz has lived in Alaska for many decades. She never ceases to be amazed and fascinated by the place, the people and the possibilities.

The Capital City Weekly accepts poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction submissions for Writers' Weir on a rolling basis and will publish them as space and competition allow. To submit, email us at editor@capweek.com.