Since I have known Terry, she has wanted land and a place for wild animals and a garden. She has found her garden of Eden, and Jeff, Jan, Steve, and I are going to visit there today. There are owls and bobcats and the moon is more full there than anywhere else. I have seen it once and dream about it. I see it again today.
Well, I have not yet found the lentil soup poem, but I find this one of Jane's called "Cook."
Tucked in the book from which it comes is a postcard from friends who went cruising around the world in their boat. The book and postcard are from 1988. Bob and Ginne say the "islands and coast off Yugoslavia are a cruiser's paradise." Wikipedia has this to say about Yugoslavia. "On February 4, 2003, the name Yugoslavia was officially abolished when the state transformed into a loose commonwealth called Serbia and Montenegro. After a successful referendum in the republic, Montenegro officially declared its independence on June 3, 2006, while Serbia declared independence on June 5, thereby ending the last remnants of the former Yugoslav federation."
I'm not sure why I feel a sadness about that, but perhaps it is the continuing recognition of change. I struggle to keep up with all the unravelings, gatherings, and forms. The fog is in again today, and my world appears small, and yet, inside I feel continents shift. I am most grateful for life. Yesterday, in watering, I noticed the place where trees branch. That is where I sit today.
Each night you come home with five continents on your hands:
garlic, olive oil, saffron, anise, coriander, tea,
your fingernails blackened wtih marjoram and thyme.
Sometimes the zucchini's flesh seems like a fish-steak,
cut into neat filets, or the salt-rubbed eggplant
yields not bitter water, but dark mystery.
You cut everything into bits.
No core, no kernel, no seed is sacred: you cut
onions for hours and do not cry,
cut them to thin transparencies, the red ones
spreading before you like fallen flowers;
you cut scallions from white to green, you cut
radishes, apples, broccoli, you cut oranges, watercress,
romaine, you cut your fingers, you cut and cut
beyond the heart of things, where
nothing remains, and you cut that too, scoring coup
on the butcherblock, leaving your mark,
when you go
your feet are as pounded as brioche dough.