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The Red Bowl

by Sandra Bounds

Not long before her death, she gave
me the red bowl, a simple piece
of inexpensive glassware,
not an antique, not even
a collectible, nothing special
except its rich deep red color.

She treasured that old glassware
and always used it at Christmas
time for it was so “festive.”
She served ambrosia,
a simple, delicious dessert,
in the red bowl.

Taking special care to remove
every shred of bitter white membranes,
she prepared lots of oranges,
added pineapple, and sometimes
a little extra sugar. She even peeled
and grated coconut to serve on the side.

food for the gods,
a culinary work of art,
served in her treasured red bowl,
symbol of her love of family,
a priceless legacy.

Sandra Bounds was born in Mississippi and lives in Macon. She has a Master of Arts in English and has taught in both high school and community college. An active member of the Mississippi Poetry Society, she was its 2005 Poet of the Year, and the society published a chapbook of her poetry to honor that selection. She has won many awards in contests sponsored by the society and has been published in such journals as Art Gulf Coast, The Lyric, The Road Not Taken, Sharing, The Well-Tempered Sonnet and Westward Quarterly. Read her former poems published in Deep South here.

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  • JMC / December 12, 2015

    Ms Bounds, this poem is ambrosia and brings many wonder filled memories to mind for me. Thank you for sharing it.

  • Beth / December 15, 2015

    Beautiful poem! Paints a picture of how priceless memories are invoked witth everyday items!! Love this!!

  • Dellie / December 15, 2015

    This poem is so wonderful to read! Reminds me of my sweet grandmother and mother. What a special bond. Much love!! ❤️❤️

  • Tom / December 15, 2015

    This poem brings back great memories- great poem

  • Will / December 15, 2015

    Love this poem – makes me think of my momma