Smash a thousand ruby hearts
just picked on a Sunday morning in June.
Add sugar and pectin and a drop of vanilla.
Boil violently. Yes, violently.
Pour into crystal clear jars.
Screw on lids. Not too tightly.
If you followed all the rules,
you’ll hear the jars seal shut.
A little sucking in.
A sharp inhale.
Then stack the dead hearts
on a dark pantry shelf.
Or, give them all away.
Yes, it’s better to get rid of them.
Before you can’t
stand to part with them.