Bio Note: I can’t think straight, make a sentence, let alone make sense of the world, without a pen in my hand and a notebook before me. A Lamy fountain pen and an unlined Rhodia pad with its inviting orange cover is what I prefer, but in a pinch a napkin and a crayon will do. Next to my family, my workshop, a few friends, my dog, it’s poetry that I love best.
Nabisco Original Saltine
Working class cousin of a crouton, I am crushing you between my palms into a bowl of Campbell’s Tomato Soup. Sometimes I spread you with butter or P & J, or make four tiny sandwiches with a quartered slice of American yellow cheese. Cracker I once eschewed for fancier crackers, I take you back. You are trusty like old love, the only cracker, when washed down with Coke, able to soothe my queasy belly. My grandpa broke a sleeve-full into a bowl, topped the crumbles with whole milk, sometimes on summer nights, for supper.
Originally published in Gravity: New & Selected Poems. Tebot Bach, 2018
©2020 Donna Hilbert
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