Preserves by PJ Thomas

Poem title: Preserves Poet name: PJ Thomas Poem: Carousel, and caramel apples, the fall fair is time to share our abundance and hard-won potatoes. It’s not easy to eke out a living from dirt and rubble, in only 3 months of the year. And what will we pay for these peppers gold? We find yellow tomatoes, mild and mellow, or the sweet acid of vinegar brewed from apples, for pickling, and preserving summer gardens in a jar. It’s all worth a million whatevers, well wishes, and memories. I wonder what I can trade in return? Can I offer up words in a fanciful way? Chop up poetry lines and put them into brine, bottle and package up my pickles of rhyme. End of poem.  Credits and Bio: Copyright © PJ Thomas Born and raised on Lake Ontario, PJ Thomas relocated to Peterborough, ON to attend Trent University where she became editor-in-chief of the student newspaper. Ms. Thomas went on to edit several local publications and published two novels. As a senior emerging poet, she has been writing poetry for three years. Thomas published her first collection of poems, Undertow, in October 2020. Her lyrics appeared on the 2021 Juno-nominated album, Solar Powered Too. She is working on a second book of verse, Waves, to be published in autumn 2022. Thomas makes her home with her cat by the Otonabee River.