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The cupboards, she discovers,

have little to offer, but she

finds in a corner some purple potatoes,

 

and, on slicing them thin, finds

white and purple patterns

swirled like stained glass.

 

She approves. Pours oil

in the skillet. Nods at the splatter

when the potatoes slide in.

 

A cauliflower in the back

of the fridge. Yes. She breaks

off florets and adds them.

 

Some tofu. She crumbles it,

scrambles it, lets the foods meld.

Then lemon. Then rosemary.

 

Then chile. Then wait. She stirs.

She tastes. There are times

when out of what seems to be nothing,

 

we find magnificence. Enough

to share. Enough to make us think

abundance is hiding everywhere.

 

 

 

 

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One Delectable

 

for Jack & Julie

 

 

ripe tomato soup—

even the bowl

licks its lips

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Paradox for Supper

 

 

 

Tonight,

slicing ginger,

I think about

not thinking

about the news,

how I would then

sit down

at dinner

and look

around the table

at my family

and enjoy

this peanut sauce

on brown rice,

 

and for a while

I am two women

in one skin—

one who stews

about the supreme court,

one who thrills

in the hot pepper oil,

the way it blazes

on the tongue.

 

 

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I Never Knew

I ate my string beans cooked too long
in cream of mushroom soup
and I ate soggy tater tots
and neon green fruit loops.
I ate cranberry relish
served in the shape of a can,
but please, mama, pretty please, I’d say
don’t make me eat the Spam.

I’d eat dip made from cheese food
on chips from Frito Lay,
I’d eat red Jello salad
with layers of mayonnaise,
I’d eat the bits of Jiffy Pop
burned on the disposable pan,
but please, mama, pretty please, I’d say
don’t make me eat the Spam.

One day when I had left the home
I teased my mom about
the way she served us processed food
when we were growing up,
like cans of Spam and beans and peas
from dusty shelves at the store,
Oh honey, she said, I wanted fresh food.
It was all we could afford.

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