Blog: Matt Reese

Pondering berry picking

By Matt Reese

It is berry picking time at the Reese house as the black raspberries are ripening early this year. This has provided me with ample opportunities to busy my hands with work while my mind can wax poetic. These just pop into my brain while I pick (and eat) raspberries before the birds get to them. I thought I’d share the results of my berry picking pondering here.

A berry today or a pie tomorrow,

To eat either brings joy and to not brings sorrow.

To enjoy berries today is a wonderful thing,

But waiting a bit can even better treats bring.

So I eat one or two and I save three of four,

Then eat a berry and save a few more.

For a man who saves berries is really quite wise,

When he has a wife who makes raspberry pies.

 To pick berries brings such pleasure and pain,

Fingertips punctured and stained.

Many want all that pleasure, but don’t want the work.

They grumble ’bout their hands that hurt.

They want nature’s connection without the pain.

None of the work. All of the gain.

So few work hard while many get fat,

Do you know any folks like that?

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Author: Matt Reese

I grew up on a small farm in northwest Ohio and spent most of my youth writing, doodling, taking pictures, reading and exploring the surrounding farmland. With a family full of teachers, I also grew up around a culture supportive of education. I was active in athletics in high school before graduating from Ohio State University where I studied agricultural communications. This led to my career in agricultural journalism.

I continue to work on the family Christmas tree farm in Hancock County. I married my wonderful wife, Kristin, in 2002. We live on a small farm in Fairfield County with sheep, rabbits and chickens. We have a daughter Campbell Miriam who was born in the fall of 2007 and a son Parker Matthew born in August of 2009. We are active in our local church and with numerous other organizations. I help with the agricultural program at Ohio Christian University in Circleville as well.

I have worked for Ohio’s Country Journal since 1999. I also write a column for numerous newspapers around Ohio, Fresh Country Air and do freelance writing and photography work. I have written and self-published six books to date. To find my books, visit and search for “Matt Reese.”

2 thoughts on “Pondering berry picking”

  1. Your blog made me smile again this morning. We grow strawberries and my poem would most certainly contain. . “how is it we can put a man on the moon but can’t develop a strawberry that doesn’t require stooping or kneeling when picking”

    • Glad for the smile. Science can put a man on the moon, but can’t change hard work for food any time soon.

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