| By Martha O. Adams |
This unique dawn
breaks into tangerine peels
scattered on night’s indigo platter;
ignites the silvery sheen of a hummingbird’s wings.
Burnished green body, thumb-size,
quick to fly from the feeder’s lip in spring,
it lingers as summer heats the screen
and we become familiar.
Year ‘round, nearly drowned in verse
I surface clutching the thin raft of a poem.
In winter, I open pickles and sauces still
remembering the vine. The seal pops
and my garden grows again in the nose,
the pot, on plate and palate.
I measure salt, pepper and oregano,
my cupped palm inscribed
with mother’s meatloaf recipe.
My hands hold her old wisdom,
the rhythm of mix, mold, slap,
pat into shape. On top, a catsup squirt,
a generous brown sugar sprinkle,
a bacon slice crown. Surround
with potatoes, 350 degrees, one hour.
Our home, aroma of family.
Becoming familiar to WNCW readers, Martha O. Adams is an enthusiastic gardener and cook. Martha’s new book In Your Meadow; A Meditation with Art for Coloring, gives readers more options for sinking into poetry and color. Her books are available locally at Malaprops, Montreat Store, Mountain Made, Wrinkled Egg, Kanuga Conference Center Gifts and on Amazon.