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Soup Allure
Nancy Dymond


Combine the following and stir:
A fragrant powder of savory herbs
Tree nuts tossed and gently toasted
Vegetables oiled and slowly roasted
Broth of beef, honey of bee
Flake of parsley, salt of sea

In a great pot over a medium flame
Provoke rolling bubbles of rising steam
Turn to the lettuces; wash, chop, mix
Color with celery and carrot strips
Raisins? Almonds? Olives and cheese?
Tomatoes? Scallions? All of these?

Reduce the flame to a quiet simmer
Set the table for evening dinner
A scalloped knife beside the bread
Jam to sweeten and butter to spread
What more could a person want from life
Than a salad, a soup, and a loaf with a knife?

From Sleep Barn (Stockport Flats, 2015).
Used here with the author's permission.



Nancy Dymond was born in Pennsylvania, near Lake Erie. Her early years were spent moving back and forth between Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Nancy's poetry, like her life, covers a wide range of themes and styles. These days, she feels very settled surrounded by the natural beauty of the Pocono Mountains, where she lives with her husband.

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I like the near rhymes.
Posted 01/31/2016 08:27 AM
Ross Kightly:
Let me put in a belated word for the knife. But even without one, bread can be torn in chunks for soup duty! I hope your birthday was as great as such a soup-maker deserves!
Posted 01/31/2016 02:34 AM
Warm and friendly. I will set my table next to the hearth.
Posted 01/30/2016 02:57 PM
I love this poem!
Posted 01/30/2016 02:25 PM
Lori Levy:
Beautiful and sounds delicious! Just one comment--it jarred me a little that the poem ended with "a knife." Somehow that didn't go with all the beauty that came before it.
Posted 01/30/2016 12:35 PM
I could smell it simmering...delicious rhyme ~
Posted 01/30/2016 11:57 AM
Well-crafted Nancy. I'll take some honey of bee and salt of sea! Thank you.
Posted 01/30/2016 11:39 AM
Wow! This well-written, appealing poem is proof that recipes can be creative. Janice
Posted 01/30/2016 09:31 AM
Perfect poem for a January weekend. I'm making a lovely pot of pea soup today.
Posted 01/30/2016 09:22 AM
What time in dinner, Nancy? Lovely poem and happy birthday!
Posted 01/30/2016 09:21 AM
I like this clever rhyming. Good job!
Posted 01/30/2016 08:43 AM
Very nice. So true! And, happy birthday!
Posted 01/30/2016 08:29 AM
Delicious poem, Nancy! Happy birthday!
Posted 01/30/2016 07:53 AM
Larry Schug:
What time do we eat?
Posted 01/30/2016 07:30 AM

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