• Posted by Gail Rudd Entrekin on July 28th, 2010, 11:15 AM

    Painting by Elisabeth Klos

    (with a wave to William Carlos Williams)

    Thank you for the peach pie

    red gold, gooey, thick and crusty:

    peaches carried heaped in a basket

    up the hill from the tree we planted

    seven years ago, watched over,

    pruned, debugged, (harvested

    one rock of a peach that first year)

    and now its branches bent to the ground

    on the uphill side, their burden of fuzzy

    softening fruit almost more joy

    than they can bear.

    You rolled the dough

    while I peeled fruit into a pail

    my hands deep in the juice and pulp

    my mouth smeared where I sucked

    my fingers, my hair sticky on my forehead,

    tiny fruit flies buzzing in the kitchen.

    I helped you lift the flat crust with spatulas

    and we laid it safely in the pan. You spiced

    the golden bowl with cinnamon and other secrets,

    crisscrossed the top with lattice crust,

    and this morning, you gone off to school,

    I cut a piece and served it on a small blue plate

    with milk in a blue cup.

    I ate it slowly,

    noticing every bite, watching the grasses move

    as the breeze swept across the distant hills.

    I’ve left the rest for you, sweet baker girl.

    I’ll be gone a few days,

    but I’ll be thinking of you

    eating peach pie.

    Gail Rudd Entrekin‘s collections of poems are Change (will do you good), which was nominated for a Northern California Book Award; You Notice the Body; and John Danced. Poetry editor of Hip Pocket Press since 2000, she edits the press’ online environmental literary magazine, Canary.  She is editor of the poetry and short fiction anthology Sierra Songs & Descants and the poetry anthology Yuba Flows. She and her husband, writer Charles Entrekin, live in San Francisco’s East Bay.

    Peach Pie by Elizabeth Klos, a painter based in Solana Beach, California. Visit her online shop on Etsy.

Comments

  1. July 28th, 2010 at 5:42 pm
    anonymous daughter

    This poem is beautiful. I love the accompanying image.

  2. July 31st, 2010 at 11:33 am
    Karla

    Delicious……I think I’ve seen that tree….at least, I can certainly picture it in my mind and you and Katy in the kichen…

  3. August 9th, 2010 at 8:14 am
    Elisabeth K

    Love the poem! Thanks for including my painting!

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