poem and photo by Jane Blanchard
From within a dated version
of the classic Joy of Cooking
falls a recipe that calls for
cranberries and raisins, apple,
onion, celery, as well as
spices and white sugar, in the
fine but faded script of someone
once familiar through a marriage.
After thinking, going shopping,
I start heating, chopping, stirring,
later canning, cooling, cleaning,
until ending up with eight sealed
pint-sized jars, just right for sharing
with old friends and new relations.
Jane Blanchard lives and writes in Georgia. Her second collection, Tides & Currents, has just been released by Kelsey Books. Find it here.
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