Tuesday, November 28, 2017

"Holiday Favorite" by Terri Lynn Cummings

Holiday Favorite
Terri Lynn Cummings

Today I ate your slice of pie
because you left it in the refrigerator
A better person would not have done it
or perhaps would have left a note
with x’s and o’s sprinkled on the bottom
like shavings of chocolate

You would have had one bite of mine 
(if any had remained)
or would have left it all to me --
the healthier person, a superior discipline
compared to my waistline, expanding
and my fork, foraging

I wanted nothing more than to be transported
from a crowded jail of unwashed laundry 
to the sinful affair with crust 
and meringue and chocolate
chocolate
                    chocolate

Poet’s Notes:  Leftover chocolate pie does not survive long in our home. Every holiday, family members long for a slice of my mother’s special recipe. Always, it is a battleground of forks, and I lead the charge--such a wonderful way to remember a lost mother and grandmother! 

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