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Laura Grace Weldon


I roll dough into rounds,
spoon mushrooms, garlic, spinach
in the center. Add provolone. Fold,
seal with fingerprint pinches.
Maybe I jam them too full,
the way I do my calendar,
believing overstuffed weeks
won’t burst apart.
They do.
So do the calzones.
One bubbles at its seam
like cartoon lips offering a smooch.
Cheese from another tries
to ooze from the pan.
I wish my weeks were as easily
dished up, unsightly but nourishing
with homemade sauce
and a salad picked five minutes ago.

This poem first appeared in The Sunlight Press.
Used here with permission.



Laura Grace Weldon lives in an Ohio township too tiny for traffic lights, where she works as a book editor, teaches writing workshops, and serves as editor of Braided Way magazine. and chronically maxes out her library card.  Author of four books, Laura was named Ohio's 2019 Poet of the Year. Learn more about her at



Post New Comment:
Wilda Morris:
I'd be happy to eat one of those calzones! Fun poem.
Posted 05/01/2024 09:36 PM
Shoshauna Shy:
Scrumptious and sensual!
Posted 05/01/2024 02:19 PM
I so relate to the "overstuffed weeks"and would find consolation in calzone!
Posted 05/01/2024 12:56 PM
Lori Levy:
I agree, those calzones sound so delicious, burst or not.
Posted 05/01/2024 12:31 PM
Arlene Gay Levine:
Larry took the words right out of my mouth! While I think about how much I would love a calzone right now, I will will reread your wise poem.
Posted 05/01/2024 12:20 PM
Larry Schug:
mmmm...I could go for one of those calzones. This poem's delicious, too.
Posted 05/01/2024 12:13 PM
Always happy to read a Laura Grace Weldon poem
Posted 05/01/2024 10:02 AM
Tom Sharpe:
Over stuffed weeks. wow. Like eating til your eyes are full or dashing through life, and watching roses wither without a sniff.
Posted 05/01/2024 09:49 AM
Lots of nice ingredients!
Posted 05/01/2024 09:13 AM
I love this analogy and will forever now think of it when I realize I have overstuffed my week!
Posted 05/01/2024 09:12 AM

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