25 March 2011

winter's leftovers {a poem}

The freezer is full of winter's leftovers
Tupperwares that are icy nights, hot soups, and fleece blankets.
Lentil, tomato, chili, ham and wild rice:
Once, they were comfort and sustenance
against the cold, against
the all-consuming dark.

They fought
although most people just thought
of them as dinner.

And come June
most people will think
of salads with a light vinaigrette
and fresh basil from the garden
as they clean out their freezers.

"I can't stand the thought
of soup right now,"
they'll say,
throwing away winter

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