The 3030 Poem a Day Challenge Jan. 1, 2014

For 30/30:  January 1, 2013

First Things                                      Catherine Evans Latta

Rinsing raisins for the steel cut oats

painful under the winter cold town water,

out on the garage corner the driveway hose

intentionally left at a drizzle all night

has a puddle frozen solid white in hope

to save the pipes. It’s an easy surmise,

last night’s precautions most likely futile.

Hands cupped stiff under the faucet

I believe I’m saving me from

the dangers of raisin residues

bug killer maybe rat turd dust

ossified on drying racks last summer.

No doubt inland vineyards frozen solid too

first light revealing fall yellow leaves curled dry.

Of a sudden water milk and honey foam up

to the edge of the pot. I add oats

raisins, nuts.  Fifteen minutes

enough with the fire on low to go

turn off the hose, unblanket and feed

our white steam snorting horses.

Walking back white hoar frost sugars

the red roses.  I’ll brown sugar the oatmeal.

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