Root Vegetable Soup is a harvest poem, a celebration of the sturdy warmth of potatoes, carrots, onions, parsnips and the joy of sharing food.
Root Vegetable Soup
She was elbow-deep in soil, digging and
Hoping for potatoes, parsnips, and carrots,
Praying for turnips, so she could turn out a vegetable soup
On Sundays, when everyone was here, gathering and
Loving garlic, onions, and fennel,
Everyone minding time and picking
Beets for Sunday's bowl of root soup.
The muck clung onto her skin, sleeping and
Knowing her hands would pass through gently.