Friday, April 2, 2021

Legendary - I walked by her house again last night

I walked by her house again last night 

windows twilight grey, empty

two beige porch chairs missing.


Continued home and ordered the legendary 

Italian rum cake bright with red and green peaks.

First known from the time when my own mother

was embarrassed the expensive cake

would not be liked by her young daughter.


No. The cake must be had:

I was probably seven or eight.

Winning by appeal, tears and will

a skill used later to get milk and bread

from the local variety store

-- on the bill. 


I remember the exotic, odd taste and

the thrill of something new, forbidden.


Two beige chairs tossed by the bin.

No goodbyes, no farewell.


When the cake arrives tomorrow,

I will set aside a slice –

and savor the taste of the 

bitter-sweet cream.

                  Karen Joyce 4/2/21

Legendary - I walked by her house again last night

I walked by her house again last night  windows twilight grey, empty two beige porch chairs missing. Continued home and ordered the legendar...

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