Kristin Berkey-Abbott


If I just had these crocks,
I feel certain I would make French
onion soup the correct
way. I would buy bones
from the butcher and boil
them into beef stock.
I would shred the proper blend
of cheeses. The bread, stale
but not moldy, would absorb
all the flavors and be sliceable
with a soup spoon.

I would need a soup tureen,
of course, but where in my overstaffed
cabinets would I store
it? I would need this rustic
sideboard with glass casing
so that I could admire my possessions.
It costs several mortgage payments,
but I have twenty or more years
to live, an amortization bargain.

But where will I put this sideboard?
Am I to buy a new house?
I put the crocks back
on the shelf and return to my chipped
bowls which I will never leave
to anyone as an inheritance.

Kristin Berkey-Abbott is the author of three chapbooks: Whistling Past the Graveyard (Pudding House Publications), I Stand Here Shredding Documents (Finishing Line Press), and Life in the Holocene Extinction (Finishing Line Press). After earning a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina, she taught at several colleges and is now the Director of Education at the Hollywood (Florida) campus of City College.



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