Marmalade

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Memories are stored in many ways.

MARMALADE

Memories bubble with marmalade.
The soothing rhythm of spoon and liquid
gold and tawny colours blending,
rising scent of Seville orange and sugar
weave a spell of beneficial magic.
I see a girl in my mother’s kitchen
squeezing lemons, slicing oranges
collecting pips in muslin bags.
I watch the pressure cooker hiss and steam
awed by this domesticated dragon.
A swirl of steam, the memory shifts.
A January phone call – Mum was ill –
a heart attack while making marmalade.
Dad bewildered, sick with shock
pointed to a bowl of orange slices.
I bottle memories with marmalade
clear as amber, sweet and tart.

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