Ruby and fruit
Today she’s eaten ten grapes and a mandarin.
Eggs in foil were hidden everywhere
watching a kitten girl sheriff lasso
Here comes her hand: eleven, twelve
Later you’ll scrub individual stains
You’ll stand over the tub and rub
under the clear water, the flowing stream
and the lovely folds (napkins provided)
Elizabeth Smither’s latest publication, Ruby Duby Du (Cold Hub Press, 2014) is a little suite of poems to her granddaughter, Ruby. There have been lots of Ruby poems exploring the relationship between a little girl and her grandmother. Elizabeth recently received the Janet Frame Memorial Award for Literature.