April Prompts #28: GASTRONOMIC DELIGHT

April Prompts #28

Kari’s #1:  A gastronomic delight

WHAT THEY EAT

~for Mouawia

The blessed souls in Paradise–

that garden where one can eat

of the fruit of any tree but one–

eat figs.

Picked ripe,

dried soft and seedful,

sliced wide to hold rich

walnut halves,

toothsome, gold. On each

a dribble of

tahini,

richer, barely bitter.

The blessed souls partake

with crunch and glide,

immortal tongues

and throats full satisfied.

The blessed lick

their fingers clean, and sigh.

April Prompts #25: HOARDINGS

April Prompts #25  HOARDINGS

Kari’s #3:  people with animal or insect characteristics

 

HOARDINGS

 

Under the eaves,

in an abandoned robin’s nest,

a flying squirrel stashes mushrooms.

 

Chipmunks carry acorns,

sunflower seeds, kernels of corn

to hoard in their holes under the garage.

 

Cherry pits

in the mitten basket,

behind the cookbooks.

 

Between the rafters

dog kibble

piled in fiberglass nests.

 

In the freezer,

blueberries and broccoli,

applesauce and greens.

 

On the shelves,

jars of pickles, pails of honey,

bottles of water, cans of beans.

AT THE OUTDOOR CONCERT, LUSTING AFTER THE GOVERNOR’S BODYGUARD

I have admired your body from afar–
as only an older woman can admire–
and here you are
the row in front of me
eating marinated beef from a plastic box,
watching the governor, two rows down.

You remove your mirrored shades.
Your green shirt
is tight across your shoulders.
Oh, has the music begun?
You finish the beef
and start on the berries.