details (making dinner)

I am thinking of Venus transits
in passing, something deleted from junk e-mail
unread this morning, but somehow relevant
as I break rosemary into sage to tease the nose
in green-scented olive oil.  My pestle
is innocent of  stars & their charting
& this speculation has little
to do with cooking or eating–
I am no Krishna tasting mud
with worlds rolled like secrets
under my tongue
& I will not spill them
when I speak

I am merely saying & saving
some of what’s wild, grinding
a brightness to pass to you
in a sting of snow, dancing inside a trace
of what phosphoresces under oceans
in a kiss we call sustenance:
what makes us go.

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About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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34 Responses to details (making dinner)

  1. with worlds rolled like secrets
    under my tongue….nice…saving some of whats wild…ha…love that as well….there is some really cool magic in your piece….what you pestle doesnt know…smiles..in a kiss we call sustenance….really some very cool lines in this…

  2. Miriam E. says:

    mmmmh… delicious. loved the ‘green-scented olive oil’. you did a fabulous job on this one – i can see the smirk hidden here… wonderful.

  3. I wish I could say my meals sounded so interesting or delicious.

  4. Poet Laundry says:

    Brought me right into the kitchen “dancing inside” with your excellent detailing Susan. 🙂

  5. Grace says:

    Sounds and tastes like a deliciously wicked dinner ~

  6. Lyrical and luscious – scented with rosemary! A joy to read – K

  7. I can see the pestle and mortar…

  8. Laurie Kolp says:

    Brian said what I would have said, too… especially love those lines…

  9. Mary says:

    Colorful details; all relevant. I enjoyed this poem very much.

  10. nelle says:

    Then again, celestial doings work on a long scale of time. You are the new, and perhaps to the elders who have seen suns come and suns go, your actions interest them, not the workings of old hat orbital mechanics.

  11. I so enjoyed this poem, especially as a change of topic, as so many of us are trying to process the unspeakable. You took me right into your warm bright steamy kitchen. Loved it.

  12. claudia says:

    haha…now…that sounds de-licious…smiles…saving some of what’s wild…smiles..i like

  13. Sabio Lantz says:

    Really fun mix of images — superstitions and the earthly kitchen. Well done.

    Am I mistaken, or is this a new blog design — VERY nice

  14. brudberg says:

    Very nice imagery here.

  15. This was very interesting.
    So many references. Very witty including Lord Krishna into this!!!

    Nice. Really good.

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