Tuesday, November 19, 2013


It's been a long time since I wrote anything here. I'm not going to write much now. 

We will not be baking the week of Thanksgiving, so there will be no delivery next week on Friday, November 29, and we will not be at the market on Saturday, November 30. 

This is the last week of the season our pumpkin wild rice bread will be available. 

Our poem of the week:


There is no wind. The chaparral has gone
to decadence. And the sun, at such a height,
leaves the sky desiccated, bleached ash-white.
A concentrated brightness, an indrawn

gathering of the light, as if the whole 
world were enclosed within a camera
obscura, an inverted repica
universe cynosured through a pinhole.

Even the soil is aching from the heat;
a cracking bed of serpentine where few
species contrive to grow, and those that do
sustain themselves on nothing but complete

famine and drought. More than sustain: they flout 
the whole system, responding to the mean 
conditions with a kind of libertine
excess, oiling themselves elaborately, without

a care for consequence. Inviting fire. 
Anointing their dry leaves with aromatic
resins just to inspire a dramatic
response. Spontaneous combustion. Dire

consequences, but they’ve thought of that 
too, developing at once two kinds of seed:
one sprouts in wet soil. One is only freed 
if the achene is scorched. This habitat
requires certain adaptations. And rather than being meager in return 
for meagerness, why not agree to burn?
Say there is nothing you cannot withstand.

- Amy Glynn Greacen