the angel of transubstantiation and fruitcake recipes

Angels of Childhood

(The amygdala and hippocampus
receive the information
from the olfactory bulb
before routing it to the thalamus,
already conjuring memories
before awareness of the scent
is formed in the conscious mind.)

Four eggs perch in my grandmother’s bowl
among the fragrant tangerines,
waiting to take a crack into the citrus-y batter
where the luscious dates await.
The air is scented with oranges
and roasting pecans,
the fragrance of a kitchen
that no longer exists.

*** Twelve Days of Angels, Day Ten

5 thoughts on “the angel of transubstantiation and fruitcake recipes

  1. how you describe what happens in the brain to conjure memories of scents — so interesting. the word “awareness” echoes “thalamus.” how pleasing! and at the end you allow us to imagine aromas from a kitchen that no longer exists. how moving. different topic: i hope that you and your family remain safe from the flood.

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