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Friday, May 27, 2011

Our Family History

it was the green tupperware
   olive container
she missed the most
silly, maybe
                                            it was tall, square
   a strong proud green
   with a sieve at the bottom
   you could pull up slowly
   with the black oblong olives
   sitting happily on top
   draining the Mediterranean
   robust marinade of
   pure olive oil
it was almost a ritual
going to the market
scooping up a plastic bagful
of the trees' ripe fruit
bringing it home, then
after filling the tupperware
pouring the oil over top
the lid firmly pressed

(c) maria L. 5.27.11

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