Thursday, February 20, 2014

(Dis)comfort food

If you know my Mom, you know how she is attached to food as the source of comfort. She loves to cook and lives to cook. I am not sure I can find the dividing line between cooking to share love and cooking to receive love.

In her younger days, she was a legendary whirlwind in the kitchen leaving the room looking like something of a war zone. She rarely if ever used cookbooks or recipes. Baking was a specialty and there’d be flour splotches all over her and most any available surface.  When not baking, country-style cooking ruled: meat, potatoes and lots of gravy, pot roast, pork chops, fried chicken, canned vegetables, casseroles and Jello salads. On creative days, she’d whip up a giant pot of spaghetti that would last for days.

For the rest of this piece follow this link to catapult magazinehttps://www.catapultmagazine.com/comfort-food/feature/dis-comfort-food



Monday, February 10, 2014

AND IT IS GOOD

I guess hormones get things started,
creating some sense of social order,
maybe keeping the race alive.
 
Something other binds us,
whispering deep within
for almost forty years now.
 
Naming seems simplistic or incomplete
but it exists, we are together,
and it is good.

published in the Bellingham Herald 2.10.14

Read more here: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/02/10/3463026/herald-readers-share-valentine.html#storylink=cpy

Thursday, February 6, 2014

It’s only paranoia if...

She fears that credit cards
and government servants
have replaced Santa and Jesus as all seeing,
all knowing powers to be reckoned with.


Ignore the ever-present snoops
and be labeled an out of touch fool.
Try going off the grid and
be compared to the Unabomber. 


Voicing caution
may accomplish little more than
elevating her place on some list,
that she has been assured does not exist.


Welcome to the new America,
and the global neighborhood,
the new now,
and by the way, good luck.


This poem is from the current issue of catapult magazine with the theme of Privacy. Here's the link for further reading: https://www.catapultmagazine.com/