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Ruth and Boaz Dine

Grapes, sweet and cool,
ornament the table.
Blue-veined cheeses
on wooden slats,
rosemary and garlic.
Bread with gold-toasted
crust, a soft-melt
inside. Olive oil
pooling in bowls,
gleaming eyes.
She bites a pear,
breaks the skin.
She tears the bread,
dips and dips again.
I would like to be
the bread in her
hands: warm,
broken for her,

Renee Emerson is the author of the poetry collection Keeping Me Still (Winter Goose Publishing, 2014). Her poetry has been published in Tar River Poetry, Boxcar Poetry Review, The Indiana Review and others; she lives and writes in Arkansas.

Photo: Jon Shave/Flickr, under CC by 2.0 license.

Renee Emerson

Renee Emerson is a homeschooling mom of six, and the author of Keeping Me Still (Winter Goose Publishing, 2014), Threshing Floor (Jacar Press, 2016), and Church Ladies (Fernwood Press, forthcoming 2022). Her poetry has been published in Cumberland River Review, The Windhover, and Poetry South. She adjunct teaches online for Indiana Wesleyan University, and blogs about poetry, grief, and motherhood.