Each month, write a new collection.
Christmas Gravy for GnocchisAfter Ralph Burns, Fishing in WinterWoman penciling the shopping list sees Mother pinching ingredients by heart Contadina cans on the counterCut open. Pork neck-bones ready. Mushrooms.Stove bubbling in the gravy potForgetting mother’s been dead Four years. She sees gravy splatter red on the pink kitchen tile.As she plans the ItalianChristmas meal.Gingerly she asks mother if she can Steal. A sweet neck-bone To its green melamine bowl inThe red brick bungalow, warmedBy meal preparationsTwo savoring the taste ofNeck-bones rolling in their mouthNodding agreement. Mother makesThe gravy best.