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Hillary Hares

The 72nd Fort Fairfield Potato Blossom Festival

Same old, same old – kid-wrestling in the mashed potato pit,
Matt and Dan squaring up for the Barbeque Cook-Off,
timed by the hands of the old town clock.

Molly-the-Trolley trundles along the historical tour
while the little ‘uns attempt the Tough Tater obstacles.
Line up starts at ten for the parade at noon.

Seventy two years, same weekend in June. This year,
numbers for the Pickin’ Contest are looking thin –
the planting out was thwarted by torrential rain,

potatoes flowered late or came up blind.



Hilary Hares’ poems have found homes online and in print. She has a Poetry MA from MMU and has achieved success in a number of competitions. Her collection, A Butterfly Lands on the Moon supports Loose Muse, Winchester and Red Queen is available from Marble Poetry – . Her own website is:


Featured Image: Country Fair by Ray Bird



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2 thoughts on “Hillary Hares”

  1. Fabulous, thank you. It reminds me of the poems that Ted Kooser features in his regular email.


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