The box-dry grit of root and spackled dirt
like some rock’s underside turned up too long
betrays no hint of affability
or orange scarcely, nearly russet, whorled
into a joint of earth, plucked up by whom
I’ll never know; it made it to this box.
The recipe you sent requires six
of “middle” size. I heft or fondle one
or two, my fingers small; these bulbous garnets
shuttling around in elbowed zags
refuse to match their contours in my hands.
The stones they’ve grown around are smooth and gone.
I used to think a tumor like a stone
or tuber could be lifted from the land
it lodged in. This was not so. Sweet orange flesh
of future bloom, you’ll spread your steaming funk
for us tomorrow if I tend you well:
brown sugar, butter, water, life
and marshmallows melted over top
encrusting taut and dry, a linen sheet
exposing what the earth would rather hide
and what exuded mirth comes sinewy
and fast, a syrup born of baking, run
of tongue, your hands not here, your recipe.