Friday, September 23, 2011

Canning -- Poetry 2011

Two boxes of canning tomatoes,

eight pounds of Italian Prunes,

ten pounds of cucumbers,

dish washer full of jars,

high humidity...

what was she thinking?

She relished a profound taste

of summer during bleak winter.

Store canned tomatoes, plum jam,

bread & butter pickles were no

comparison to home canned versions.

Thankful for her home training

so long ago; hot summer nights,

steamer kettle going, jar lids pinging.

How often she thought of childhood

as she turned crone and passed on

canning lessons to her daughter.


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