Cherry pie – Challenge prompt – From Johnny Crabcakes :)

So our little joke has become a pass along challenge prompt – entitled “Three nuts and a squirrel”. Johnny has provided the next one – here – – with the words truck, safe (the object), and crust. Theme: Romantic or sensuous. 🙂 Have fun and link all efforts to his post above!!

Here is my attempt:

Cherry pie

Grandma held no truck
with that romantic nonsense,
she said. All that flowery
lovey-dovey bologna
didn’t make the world go round.
Hard work, a hot meal
every night, and a way with a pie crust
would cement things together
for the 50 year Anniversary
Spot of Honor in the Sunday
section of the paper.

But I remember hiding
under the table cloth
one sweltering Saturday summer night
when Grandpa came in late
scented sweat and cut hay;
Grandma, her hands wrist deep in pie crust,
and nape sprinkled with ringlets,
tendrils escaped from the bun
holding back her waist-length hair.

I should tell you, his hands left grease marks
against the blue gingham of her waist,
and her sigh echoed in the stillness of the kitchen,
competing only with the hum of the Whirlpool
and their shuffling feet.

Her head tipped back
onto his shoulder,
his lips tasting her ear, neck,
as her hands hung flour coated,
suspended motionless, in mid-air.

They slowly moved in a circle,
his hand navigating
between the little pearl
buttons, the tie at her waist,
to cup her breast over layers
of strictly starched white cotton
before sliding away
to clean up at the sink.

I still remember now
the shine of the tin on the pie safe as
Grandpa savored every bite
of his dessert at Sunday dinner, and
how Grandma’s cheeks flushed
as he proclaimed
that he asked for her hand
in marriage, because of
her light hand with the crust.

18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. johnnycrabcakes
    Dec 24, 2012 @ 23:08:32

    Love how you made this something SO much more that just sensuous or romantic–Wonderful!


  2. Ray Sharp
    Dec 24, 2012 @ 23:14:33

    hot pie!


  3. unfetteredbs
    Dec 30, 2012 @ 01:12:36

    wow this is incredibly romantic …loving and endearing.


  4. Susan L Daniels
    Dec 30, 2012 @ 01:55:31

    This is INCREDIBLE. Don’t think he married her for her cooking, after all.


  5. ramblingsfromamum
    Dec 30, 2012 @ 02:25:14

    Marvellous and good knowing that age is no barrrier to…. 😉


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  7. p2000
    Jan 05, 2013 @ 14:32:05

    It’s actualy a great blog thanks for it!


  8. J. A. Panian
    Jun 08, 2017 @ 04:18:53

    Aaah….the memories…..


  9. Johnny Crabcakes
    Mar 15, 2020 @ 03:45:39

    And god how I still love the True Romance of this.
    Such soft and gentle love.


    • Whimsy Mimsy
      Mar 15, 2020 @ 03:46:19

      Couple years ago we were writing such good shit. You know? Lol


      • Johnny Crabcakes
        Mar 15, 2020 @ 03:53:10

        Jeez….seems like a lifetime ago.

        It’s refreshing, actually.

        So many things make me feel like time is spinning right by like a Whirlpool on high (my little girl is 14!)….yet this, this place, this pace, these interactions really make me feel the slow-down of centering. The (comfortably) empty center that we all share if we but take a moment (…a moment is all it takes, at times…) to stop and stare and share….

        So many many thanks for this MIms.


        • Whimsy Mimsy
          Mar 15, 2020 @ 03:57:17

          I’m rededicating moments each day for something here. I know. Time. My baby is 20. I’m a grandmother now. Lol. Time is a Schroeder’s box. So quickly while it moves not at all.


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