Honey Cake

Before she died, she wore an orange ruffle
to her 100th birthday party,
now photographs on the walls,
earth-tone paintings, the same shade
as a coverlet thrown across her queen-sized bed
where I watch cooking programs
until I fall asleep,
holed up in her town-house
near the Catalina Mountains,
two suitcases and a computer,
an escapee on the run.

By some small grace,
on New Year’s Day,
I find a letter from my mother
addressed to my aunt.
She is telling a story:
First, let me give you my recipe…

Everyone praised my mother’s cake,
strong coffee and honey
as amber as the windows of a synagogue
with eggs enough for a big breakfast,
cinnamon and cloves, raisins, butter,
sweetness to celebrate the Jewish New Year.

On the same day you sent
a text asking me how to cook rice,
a simple thing when you know how to do it:
water measured in cups or joints of the finger,
grains rinsed beneath the faucet, a rattle
like the sound of the ocean’s undertow
pulling us apart.

  • Review of my poetry collection “Two Places” by Nina Serrano of Estuary Press.
  • Links to My Work

    Two Places: Cross the Bay Bridge to Oakland, California and walk the bayous of Louisiana
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    About Lenore Weiss

    Lenore's collections include "Tap Dancing on the Silverado Trail" (2011) from Finishing Line Press, “Sh’ma Yis’rael” (2007) from Pudding House Publications, and "Cutting Down the Last Tree on Easter Island" (West End Press, 2012). Her writing has won recognition from Poets&Writers (finalist in California Voices contest) and as a finalist for Pablo Neruda Prize, Nimrod International Journal. The Society for Technical Communication has recognized her work regarding Technical Literacy in the schools. All material is copyrighted on this site and cannot be used without the author's permission.
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