Meditation on a Grapefruit (Yogurt Cake)

by Cara Nicoletti on April 19, 2013


Find comfort in what you can today, friends, do what brings you peace. Be it reading some poetry or peeling a grapefruit or baking a cake that rises higher and stronger than you were expecting.

Meditation on a Grapefruit
By Craig Arnold

To wake when all is possible
before the agitations of the day
have gripped you
To come to the kitchen
and peel a little basketball
for breakfast
To tear the husk
like cotton padding a cloud of oil
misting out of its pinprick pores
clean and sharp as pepper
To ease
each pale pink section out of its case
so carefully without breaking
a single pearly cell
To slide each piece
into a cold blue china bowl
the juice pooling until the whole
fruit is divided from its skin
and only then to eat
so sweet
a discipline
precisely pointless a devout
involvement of the hands and senses
a pause a little emptiness

each year harder to live within
each year harder to live without

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Elizabeth @ April 19, 2013 at 10:52 pm

Oh, this is so lovely. Thank you.


Seymour Salett April 20, 2013 at 9:19 am

Hi Cara,
I usually have to “pucker up” to eat a grapefruit but this recipe satisfies several good feelings.
Keep them coming,


Elizabeth Aquino April 22, 2013 at 12:33 am

Oh, I love that poem — I’ve not heard it before! And I don’t often use the word, but the cake and the recipe look delightful — thank you, as always, for your perfect posts.


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