Meatloaf. Roast beef,
Small volcanoes of mashed potatoes
Erupting with pools of dark gravy.
Oven fried chicken, diner salad with
Thousand island, or ranch
Cookies, lots of them
Oatmeal, chocolate chip, little date pockets
Brownies without nuts.
Betty Crocker cakes with dark icing—
Halloween, Easter, birthday cupcakes
Showing off their finery under Mom’s artistic touch.
Banana bread, zucchini bread
With baby chocolate chips.
Spaghetti sauce made with tomato juice, amazingly
Great. Bread slices with margarine and garlic powder.
Bread. White, wheat, rye. Proofing in the oven over
Warm water. On the counter in summer
Our disfigured rolls
Next to Mom’s
Fat and smooth, rising high.
Coffee cakes from sweet dough:
Conversation about school, boys,
Work. Advice, jokes…
Dad slices turkey, Mom turns out
Potato rolls into a basket.
Decisions made, sad news got, angry
Words. Relaxing. Living.