The Christmas Cake – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Sarah is hosting Poetics with an invitation to write about food.

dVerse Poets – Poetics – Food

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“Cooking and baking is both physical and mental therapy.” Mary Berry (especially the eating bit 😉 )

The Christmas Cake

I watched her begin before she began,
feeling her way to the fruit of her labour,
she catches time,
reading the path,
finding her rhythm,
crossing over,
rediscovering the way,
mind-stepping the space,
pausing in the bite of her lip,
I saw her frown of concentration
in the lines of her cheeks,
an intentional meditation of parts,
a meld of heart and love,
no sooner is the room drunk on rum
like a bell has been rung,
than the air is filled with 
salivatory expectation,
she smiles now.


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62 responses to “The Christmas Cake – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Oh I enjoyed reading this very much. You and Ken Gierke like to watch your loved ones cook. How wonderful that is. I’m sure that adds extra flavor to the food as well.

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  2. A great poem, Paul. She sounds like a very focused baker!

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  3. Ain

    That was v nice — step by step, as she finally enjoys her craft…while the poet drafts..

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  4. So tenderly observed. I love that moment when it all comes together. Almost a volta.

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  5. Delicious and mouth watering, I can only imagine from the picture the look of the cake… 🙂

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  6. writingwhatnots

    Lovely observations – the concentration of the cook and the watcher. Beautifully crafted.

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  7. I agree with the quote completely.
    This is such a beautiful write, Paul.

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  8. “pausing in the bite of her lip”, … wonderful observation … a ‘cake’ of many layers, I dare say! Love this, Paul.

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  9. A five-senses description. We were there with you.

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  10. danadampier

    I love the perspective of watching someone’s mannerisms while they are cooking… definitely made with love!

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  11. Great observation Paul.

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  12. Preparation. Observation. Consumption.
    Threefold satisfaction!

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  13. This sounds like a master-craftswoman at work!

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  14. She sounds like a very good cook.

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  15. sanaarizvi

    You have my heart with this poem 😀 I especially admire; “I saw her frown of concentration in the lines of her cheeks, an intentional meditation of parts.” Gorgeously encapsulated! 💝💝

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  16. Love this PAUL.

    “no sooner is the room drunk on rum
    like a bell has been rung,
    than the air is filled with
    salivatory expectation,”

    A cake of many layers!

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  18. This poem reminds me of Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory,” which is one of my favorite short stories.

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  19. Charis Counselling

    Beautiful 😄

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