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.