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Beginning March 20th, 2016 Poetry Breakfast will once again serve a little poetic nourishment every morning. Start your day with our new expanded menu. Poems, of course, are our specialty. But we will also be serving a fuller menu that includes poetry related creative non-fiction such as letters to and from poets, essays on poetry, and anything else that might feed a poet and poetry lover’s soul.

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Gabriella Brand

The Lakeside Diner – A Poem by Gabriella Brand

 The Lakeside Diner

The Lakeside Diner, homemade donuts, no lake,
just a pond, slick and thick as the Navy Bean soup
offered as a lunch special with a half grilled cheese on the side.
We greet each other in the parking lot, admire the October
foliage just turning yellow like an old wedding dress,
a few fallen leaves slippery under our sensible shoes.
We take a seat by the window, two old and good friends
meeting in a strange town, equidistant from our current homes,
hungry for news and reassurance that the other still
breathes and lives and reads, but not as much as she used to.
Once, decades past, we watched our little boys
placing gumdrops on the roof of a gingerbread house,
racing toy trucks to the sofa, while we, then as now, and for years in between,
talked about sacred and quiet things.
Today we order scrambled eggs, no butter, tea,
each weighing private matters of digestion,
trying not to stare too long at the other’s face growing wiser by the minute,
preferring at times to look out at the mallards gliding along
the surface of the scummy water
carrying on as if there will be no winter, no ice, no need to fly south.

 

 

About the Poet:
Gabriella Brand’s poems, short stories and essays have appeared in Room Magazine, Cordite, The Blue Line, The Poeming Pigeon, The Christian Science Monitor and several anthologies. One of her poems was included in the latest anthology published by the celebrated Washington D.C. bookstore, Poetry and Prose. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2014.

Gabriella divides her time between Connecticut, where she teaches foreign languages, the Caribbean, where she volunteers, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, where she hikes, and canoes.   Website:   gabriellabrand.net

Poetry Breakfast accepts submissions of poetry and poetry related creative non-fiction year-round.  See our Submission Guidelines page for details on submitting your work.

Start your morning with a nourishing poem.  Follow us on  Twitter, Facebook, and  Tumblr,  and enjoy a new poem every morning straight to your feed.

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Tethered – A Poem by Gabriella Brand

Tethered

The grand-babies appeared among us, delivered on the doorstep,
wrinkled like little rutabagas.
They were new, untouched, plucked fresh from the garden, or wherever they come from, babies. No one knows.

They showed up just as I was thinking about my own departure,
Not that I’m ready to leave, but let’s face it, the earth, sometime soon, will call me home.

That’s how it is. Someone always arriving, someone always heading off.

Seven decades, moving towards eight, I am.
Getting a bit crusty around the edges, like stale bread, that’s what old folks are.
But the babies are wet and soft, like the flesh of summer plums.
They drip and drool and taste delicious.

I hold them tight, gumming them with kisses,
rocking them with cradle songs from the old country,
the ones my Nonna sang to me.

And I can feel time
like a feather, tickling my heart.

 

 

About the Poet:
Gabriella Brand’s poems, short stories and essays have appeared in Room Magazine, Cordite, The Blue Line, The Poeming Pigeon, The Christian Science Monitor and several anthologies. One of her poems was included in the latest anthology published by the celebrated Washington D.C. bookstore, Poetry and Prose. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2014.

Gabriella divides her time between Connecticut, where she teaches foreign languages, the Caribbean, where she volunteers, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, where she hikes, and canoes.   Website:   gabriellabrand.net

 

Poetry Breakfast accepts submissions of poetry and poetry related creative non-fiction year-round.  See our Submission Guidelines page for details on submitting your work.

Start your morning with a nourishing poem.  Follow us on  Twitter, Facebook, and  Tumblr,  and enjoy a new poem every morning straight to your feed.

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