Fine Dining

      by Dianne Garcia, Ida Freilinger, Amelia Fielden, and Michael Dylan Welch

First published in Red Lights 10:1, January 2014, page 63. Also published in Amelia Fieldens book, Conversations in Tanka (Port Adelaide, Australia: Ginninderra Press, 2014). Written 10 April 2013 at the Lake Forest Park Library in Lake Forest Park, Washington, on the theme of food and drink. See also So Much Rain.

holiday turkey:
Mother’s prized recipe
our fragile memories
add too much salt
                                                            Dianne Garcia

I linger over
a glass of white zin,
toss the salad
in two minutes
with a caesar kit
                                                                Ida Freilinger

my daughter
produces a key lime pie—
I laugh alone
evidently no one else
has seen that movie
                                                       Amelia Fielden

shopping bags
from the grocery store
stacked on the kitchen table—
the weight of your call
saying you’re not coming
                                             Michael Dylan Welch