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Recipes

They’re left on blank cards,
aromas and all,
in ink or in pencil some long ago fall,
some long ago feast-worthy hurried-up lists
of proportions, ingredients, temperatures–mists
of family and flavored
remembrances.

Lost over time, but
found with a wish,
the handwriting tells me who authored each dish–
but then the unwritten but whispering parts
are tasted again with my wondering heart,
recalling sad eyes,
concerned glances.

Left-overs–not
the kind dishes contain.
Unspoken worries, un-asked-about pain.
Festive the food, the holiday cheer,
why couldn’t some honesties be written here,
in open heart recipes?
What are our chances?

© Damon Dean, 2020

Carving Times

It took a moment,
between the prompt and memories
to recall the times that time had bound in the dusty albums of my mind.

I may be guilty
neglectful of reflection, for untouched pages
unturned because, perhaps, of the sad side of nostalgia.

It must be, I guess
that aromas have memories which waft
between pleasant and, surely, unremembered hurts, forgotten worries.

I want to recall
on my tongue, in my nose, at my lips
the sage, salt, and pepper, that golden yeasty softness of my yester years.

I think those days took
every flavor of those years, and in the heat
of busy kitchen gatherings, blended them together, casseroled them all.

It is a cautious
effort to divide the thoughts, the moments,
to so carefully slice the breast precisely, while the world, and fellow poets, look on.

It is not that things
were hard or difficult or sad, but that the whole
becomes somehow un-portion-able, and that, I guess, is still okay with me.

© Damon Dean, 2020

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Cuckoo (an endecha)

I was thrilled to see my first
yellow billed cuckoo today.
Yes, he came to Arkansas,
tho sightings here are somewhat rare, watchers say.

He perched upon a thin limb
in a leafy elm, right there,
peered at me with wary eye,
bounced, and leapt and flew into the summer air.

I wonder tho—at what age
does one start seeing cuckoos
in abnormal habitats?
I report it, tho it will not make the news.

Cornell may argue when I
say I saw the birds I see,
and register my sightings,
and use their apt bird app so readily.

For I am not a watcher
at the level of a pro,
but I will tell them if they
ask, “I saw the bird I say I saw–I know!

© Damon Dean, 2020

Bapt-ism
(an endecha)

Is it dew, or is it rain
that slipped in during darkness,
in the night baptized the lawn,
with piety, theology and kindness?

To convert my yard, it came
with liquidated notions—
matters not, whether they came
from pools or lakes or rivers, seas or oceans,

the source, evaporation,
under heaven’s holy light,
has now redeemed my grasses
by the radiance that would have been their blight.

© Damon Dean, 2020

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