A Homecooked Meal

(Betty Crocker image)
The poem I've written today was inspired 
by the writing of Jimmy Pappas.

The Secret Ingredient

For a simple dessert I wash fresh raspberries
to remove any trace of Covid-19.
I pop one in my mouth, let water squish with the flesh
of the berry on my tongue.
Now I make butternut squash soup with produce purchased 
on the first outing in a month:
fresh butternut squash, leeks, onions and potatoes,
unsalted butter and farmer market carrots.
A granny smith apple, peeled and cored
adds a hint of tartness.
After it simmers for awhile I add fresh cream,
a sweet childhood delight, that swirls rich and smooth.
The table is set for many guests.
Please join me.  I have prepared a bowl 
especially for you.

9 thoughts on “A Homecooked Meal

  1. Nora Kiser says:

    We are so connected…I did the same thing today, and based on your comforting word, used the same recipe. Enjoy! xo

  2. robert okaji says:

    This is lovely! I’m looking forward to my first real outing in quite a while. Perhaps late this week.

  3. Meghan Jones says:

    Oh I have to try that soup recipe, Mary! I like the soup metaphor as well: connection, warmth, comfort. A lovely piece.

  4. mihrank says:

    one of my favorite, this is so delicious and yummy

  5. irinadim says:

    Lovely poem! And that soup looks yummy! 🙂

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