“Gramma Barbara’s Pie” by Candice Rosales



Barb is out of the pie-making business.

I am broken and disjunct struck dumb
in cold kitchen with no heart.
Oh, Barb.
The spot on tart-sweet of her apple
won’t greet the burnished maples.
Not this fall.
No taut crusts cut and rolled in dusky
morning hours while we slept
rock-like cranking out
nutmeg and clove-addled dreams.
under warm blankets of cold comfort.
crisco cans and pyrex tins marked
sunday like a waxing crescent.
What now, Barb?
I lack the exactitude to
carry on your craft.
My pumpkin curdles to repellent chunks.
My crust is stubborn and overworked.
My graceless fingers rip and poke
what you coaxed instantly to perfection.
The sweetness you dotted and dusted
is gone.
And I’d trade anything at all
for one more bite.
© 2010



  1. lkthayer · December 19, 2010

    Makes me think of my Gramma Audrey, her baking, and how I miss her so…I love your writing Candice…you have such a way with words, thank you for squeezing my heart with them. Lisa xoxo

  2. Roz Levine · December 19, 2010

    What a moving poem and so well written.

  3. Vicki Batkin · December 19, 2010

    just broke out my bubby Leena’s spongecake recipe. grandmas hand down so much that we must always cherish, huh? beautifully written – leave it to barb to bring out the “teeth and mouth” in you, too.

  4. Julie · December 19, 2010

    Aw sweetie…I love this>

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