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A Recipe for an Episcopalian



He used to leave the tomato leaves
To dry on the windowsill.
Separated;

The largest on the left,
Diminishing in size
Until there was just a scrap of green left,
The baby of the family.

Once dry, the leaves were so fragile
A strong gust of wind could crack them.
He put them into soups, sauces, and
Sauerkraut: odd for an Episcopalian.

I remember his Sunday sermons,
Severe for a man who took such care
With the leaves of tomatoes.

But as we both grew older, and I learned
How the family had fallen apart,
I realized the importance of tomato leaves--

Making order out of chaos,
Letting the juices dry,
Keeping us all in line.
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