Painting the Kitchen the Color of Cake Batter

In the sub-zero cold, my daughter’s car cranks over after a long hesitation. Start, or not? Oh, February. So much effort.

The girls are gone skiing while I’m painting the kitchen. The cats move around from stepladder to drop cloth. Meanwhile, I listen to Dolly Parton’s America podcast. I had no idea Nelson Mandela was a fan of Parton.

The girls return with their cheeks bright red, cold and hungry.

Here’s a poem from Ensouling Language.

It is good knowing that glasses
are to drink from;
the bad thing
is not to know what thirst is for.

— Antonio Machado

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About Brett Ann Stanciu

A writer and sugarmaker, Brett Ann lives with her two daughters in stony soil Vermont. Her novel HIDDEN VIEW was published by Green Writers Press in the fall of 2015. Let my writing speak for itself.
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7 Responses to Painting the Kitchen the Color of Cake Batter

  1. Michelle says:

    I love peeking at people book shelves. I see some recipe books that i have on my shelf too!

  2. Maggie says:

    I have a copy of “Ensouling Language” on the way. I am intrigued. I love Dolly Patton’s attitude toward life, her song writing, her philanthropy.

  3. Ben Hewitt says:

    Great poem. Deeply enjoying the Line Becomes a River, btw. Thanks for the loan.

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