Friday 6 September 2013

Harvesting Dreams by Kate Wolfe-Jenson

My mother thought it was best

to get the corn from the garden

to the pressure cooker

to the table in under 10 minutes.

Is that how you harvest dreams, too?

Do you grab them at their peak

yank off the protective husks

and rinse them at the sink?

Do you lay them with their siblings

over water

in the big heavy pot

on high heat?

Do you wait until the pressure valve pops

and listen to the singing hiss

for two minutes,

then rush them to the sink

so you can run cold water and cool the pot?

Do you open up the lid

so the whoosh of steam

fogs up your glasses

and withers your hairdo?

Do you slather your dreams

with butter and salt

and bite into them

with gusto?

Do you chew

feeling the kernels pop

sweet juices into your mouth

‘til you swallow them down

so your belly gets good and full?

Then, do you lean back

and reach for the toothpicks

with your greasy fingers

and think

“wow, that was good!”

Kate Wolfe-Jenson, author of Dancing with Monsters: Chronic Illness as Creative Transformation, blogs at

1 comment:

  1. This is so cool, Kate! I love how you play with this comparison! Sparks for the mind. :)