Barbara Smith’s Kairos

Roosters
Barbara Smith
  
My Granny used to soak the spuds too
making it easy to peel them later.
Part of morning’s ritual was topping
their pot with water. Later, after
fowl were fed and tae and bread were ate,
she’d peel them slowly, humming all the while
a medley of Moore’s Almanac songs.
  
Steeping my potatoes now, as she did,
brings her Four Green Fields down the years to me.
Scaly and red, these Roosters, instead of
her soft Queens; mine tattle of modern machinery,
long scars that I smooth away with a stainless
peeler. I split them with a long broad knife,
rinse them down and leave them by for dinner.
  
  
 
from Kairos (Doghouse Books, 2007).
  
Read more about Barbara here.
  
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5 thoughts on “Barbara Smith’s Kairos

  1. Julie

    Listen to that beautiful voice. I love “Later, after/fowl were fed and tae and bread were ate,”. What a perfect example of voice. Lovely images, too.

  2. Michelle Post author

    Jules, it’s a distinctive voice, isn’t it?

    Hi Barbara, it’s a pleasure!

  3. Jo

    Love this……..takes me back to my grandma’s kitchen. This is Barbara, no? Great stuff.

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