Mom’s Cranberry Cake
first published in Dwelling Lit 2020 Every winter I waited in anticipation For the scent of rising cinnamon To convert our little home Into a fantastically warmed land- Where cranberries would simmer In the auburn pot where sugar bubbled And berries twirled as they burst So gently to the stove top fire That summoned my mother to action, But when the cranberries appeared soft Only then would she prepare The sumptuous cake for which we desired All through hoary nights That gave way to only more frigid dawns, And as the baking commenced Did my mother sit and marvel At the creation only she could make, As if a miracle of margarine- My mother was the buttery buttress That cushioned the shocks That shook our resilience Only to suppress her own, Much like the growing cake That now rested as it cooled Just above that worn oven That served as a reminder For maternal sacrifice in domesticity. Rage ‘Rage on’ cried cryptic skies That howled a night terror’s lullaby As waves beat mighty boats And drowned out all humanity, For lustrous skies were long gone As salted air began to consume Fading hearts deep in oceans vast, But soon that cryptic abuse grew starlit As waves ceased in their fight And winds calmed as the long departed Were rocked into gentle slumber Deep in a world concealed and murky.
Bio: Anthony is a Black Mixed-race poet & writer who has spent most of his life in the Middle East jostling between the UK & America. Anthony's work has been published 215 times internationally. Anthony has 2 published chapbooks titled 'The Great Northern Journey' 2020 (Lazy Adventurer Publishing) & 'Vultures' 2021 (Roaring Junior Press) as well as a novel 'The Sands of Change' 2021 (Alien Buddha Press). Anthony's Chapbook 'Half Bred' is the Winner of the 2021 'The Poetry Question' Chapbook contest. Anthony is the Co-EIC of Fahmidan Journal & Poetry Editor at Chestnut ReviewTwitter/Instagram: @arsalandy https://arsalandywriter.com/3 new poems by A.R. Salandy : “Seas Coveted” “Conditions” & “Adquiesco” New Poetry by A.R. Salandy: Fleeting Thoughts, Coercive Power, Union A Fevers of the Mind Quick-9 Interview with A.R. Salandy 2 new poems by A.R. Salandy : Far Flung Lovers & Tepid Winter