Monday, September 21, 2015

Peter Pereira: "A Pot of Red Lentils"

simmers on the kitchen stove.
All afternoon dense kernels
surrender to the fertile
juices, their tender bellies
swelling with delight.

In the yard we plant
rhubarb, cauliflower, and artichokes,
cupping wet earth over tubers,
our labor the germ
of later sustenance and renewal.

Across the field the sound of a baby crying
as we carry in the last carrots,
whorls of butter lettuce,
a basket of red potatoes.

I want to remember us this way—
late September sun streaming through
the window, bread loaves and golden
bunches of grapes on the table,
spoonfuls of hot soup rising
to our lips, filling us
with what endures.

"A Pot of Red Lentils" by Peter Pereira. Text as published in Saying the World (Copper Canyon Press, 2003). 

Art credit: Photograph of a bowl of butternut and red lentil soup, by unknown photographer. Find the recipe at Nadia, The Good Food Cook.

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