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Peace is a Sweet Potato Pie
Irene Latham


creamy sunshine

scented with
a pinch of nutmeg
and allspice

it comes tucked
in a buttery,
flaky crust

to rest warm
and pillowy
on your tongue

it tastes
like gratitude


© by Irene Latham
Used with the authorís permission.

Irene Latham is the author of numerous novels, poetry collections, and picture books, including the coauthored Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship, which earned a Charlotte Huck Honor, and The Cat Man of Aleppo, which won a Caldecott Honor. Irene lives on a lake in rural Alabama. When she is not writing, you might find her wandering in art museums, reading history books, creating quilts, or enjoying the company of her husband and three sons. Learn more about her at


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Wilda Morris:
Beautiful! I answered the phone once and someone said, "I baked you a sweet potatoe pie. May I bring it over now?" I was delighted until I learned she had the wrong number.
Posted 11/25/2022 08:57 AM
Lori Levy:
Sounds delicious!
Posted 11/23/2022 12:09 PM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
I love this uplifting delicious poem with its nature metaphors. Perfect for Thanksgiving. Favorite image: cloud-topped creamy sunshine custard
Posted 11/23/2022 10:10 AM
Well done, Irene! I'm a kid again.
Posted 11/23/2022 09:03 AM

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