Four days out of the oven

She made this pie.


She peeled apples, shelled walnuts, diced a pear,

placed them in a butter-flake shell

and sprinkled it all with sugar and cinnamon.


Her knife sits on a clean towel, juice dried on the blade.

Flour coats bowls, pans, measuring cups in the sink.

The counter’s slick with butter.


Woven lattice crust shows the refinement

of her craft, hides her ideas and frustrations.

Intention vanished with the thinker.


Around the living room, mourners fork

through the edge where she thumbed the dough

between two fingers held slightly apart.

Published by

Patrick Dobson

Patrick Dobson was founded in 1962. He is a writer, scholar, ironworker, and poet who lives in Kansas City, MO. He is author of two books with the University of Nebraska Press, Seldom Seen: A Journey into the Great Plains (2009) and Canoeing the Great Plains: A Missouri River Summer (May 2015). Dobson is a work in progress until termination.

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