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How to Get Through a Day When All the Talk Is of War
Sharon Auberle



First you notice the mellow afternoon,
with the oak glowing bronze
by your front door and one last bee,
drunk on October and fallen apples,
weaving down your window screen.
Then you might try
frying an onion 
and lots of garlic in some olive oil.
While that fragrance is luring
all manner of creatures to your door,
you could puree two cans
of Caribbean-style black beans
with about one half can of chicken broth,
then mix it all together, 
along with the rest of the can of broth
to heat through. Add a dollop
of sour cream in each bowl 
and serve with red wine, some olives,
a green salad with the hint of oil and vinegar,
and a fresh, crusty French baguette
that you must tear apart in the best spirit
of breaking bread—with an old lover,
or a friend who knew you when.
Alone is good, too, with Bach 
and a book of poetry.
Then indulge, enjoy, surrender
to this moment that is all there is:
to the bee, the oak, the falling night,
to this prelude of smoky light,
golden against evening shadows.

This poem won first place in the "Food" category of The Triad Contest, sponsored by the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, and first appeared in Verse Wisconsin (Spring Issue #102).
Used here with the author's permission.

Photo by Len Villano

Sharon Auberle is a poet and photographer who lives in Door County, Wisconsin.  Author of six poetry collections, her work has appeared in numerous publications and on-line magazines, as well as a variety of anthologies. Sharon served as Poet Laureate of Door County from 2017- 2019; her latest book is Dovetail, a poetry/sketch collaboration with poet and artist Jeanie Tomasko, which won the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Annual Chapbook Prize. Sharon’s earlier years of living in the spare landscapes of the Southwest, and now surrounded by  Northern woods and waters, along with interests in Zen, music, and photography, provide her with endless inspiration.



Post New Comment:
Beautiful...and such a lovely tribute to a peaceful spirit!
Posted 10/10/2010 07:12 PM
i am drunk on october too, like the bee
Posted 10/10/2010 06:43 PM
My dear Mushroom Queen.. oh how I love this poem... it is delicious!!
Posted 10/10/2010 04:42 PM
wendy morton:
Delicious poem. And a recipe for peace.
Posted 10/10/2010 01:16 PM

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