Restless air stirs our atmosphere, in-
side and out—clouds of fruit flies grow
thinner in the steady steam of putting
by as glass jars line up like an infantry
on the dining room table, ready
to be marched to the root cellar’s hold
to keep us through another winter.
But, for now, we count what we have:
the sweet fire of tomato sauce glowing
in morning’s light, the jams of a hundred
days of summer; the stewed, the pickled,
the sundried—secret recipes that invite
us to supper with the past that’s not
vague or shiftless. We know what
we’ve made makes you curious
to taste the difference.
M. J. Iuppa lives on Red Rooster Farm near the shores of Lake Ontario. Most recent poems, lyric essays and fictions have appeared in the following journals: Poppy Road Review, Black Poppy Review, Writers Rising Up’s 2015 Digging to the Roots Poetry Anthology Calendar, Ealain, Poetry Pacific, Snow Jewel, 100 Word Story, Avocet, Eunoia Review, Festival Writer, Silver Birch Press’s Where I Live anthology, Turtle Island Quarterly, Wild Quarterly, Boyne Berries (Ireland), The Lake (UK), Punchnel’s, Camroc Press Review, Tar River Poetry, Corvus Review, Clementine Poetry Journal, and Postcard Poems and Prose, among others. She is the Director of the Visual and Performing Arts Minor Program at St. John Fisher College. You can follow her musings on art, writing and sustainability on http://mjiuppa.blogspot.com.