The Strawberry Festival

The Strawberry Festival

Vendors drive in from around the country,

cardboard flats heaped with ripe fruit.

A stand sells cups of hot melted chocolate for dipping,

another, shortcake. Local honey, homemade jam,

lemonade, and handicrafts: crocheted potholders,

birdhouses made in somebody’s garage.

People gather in the spring air,

as dependable as the perennials that bloom

on the courthouse lawn, as the migratory tug

that brings the waterfowl back to the marshes.

Lauren Scharhag

Lauren Scharhag is an award-winning writer of fiction and poetry. She is the author of Under Julia, The Ice Dragon, The Winter Prince, West Side Girl & Other Poems, and the co-author of The Order of the Four Sons series. Her poems and short stories have appeared in over eighty journals and anthologies, including Voice of Eve, Isacoustic, The American Journal of Poetry, and Gambling the Aisle. She lives in Kansas City, MO. To learn more about her work, visit:

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