Thursday, December 31, 2015

December 31


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  1. Christmas Gravy for Gnocchis
    After Ralph Burns, Fishing in Winter

    Woman penciling the shopping list sees
    Mother pinching ingredients by heart
    Contadina cans on the counter
    Cut open. Pork neck-bones ready. Mushrooms.
    Stove bubbling in the gravy pot
    Forgetting mother’s been dead
    Four years. She sees gravy splatter red
    on the pink kitchen tile.
    As she plans the Italian
    Christmas meal.

    Gingerly she asks mother if she can
    Steal. A sweet neck-bone
    To its green melamine bowl in
    The red brick bungalow, warmed
    By meal preparations
    Two savoring the taste of
    Neck-bones rolling in their mouth
    Nodding agreement. Mother makes
    The gravy best.

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