Our New Years Eve 2016 party main course - espresso and cocoa crusted venison medallions with shimeji and shiitake mushrooms, morels, fiddlehead ferns, blackberries, figs, red carrots, pomegranate, baby potatoes, pea shoots and truffled risotto ball with juniper berry reduction
Whatever happens with us, your body
will haunt mine—tender, delicate
your lovemaking, like the half-curled frond
of the fiddlehead fern in forests
just washed by sun. Your traveled, generous thighs
between which my whole face has come and come—
the innocence and wisdom of the place my tongue has found there—
the live, insatiate dance of your nipples in my mouth—
your touch on me, firm, protective, searching
me out, your strong tongue and slender fingers
reaching where I had been waiting for years for you
in my rose-wet cave—whatever happens, this is.
Day one of my hiking schedule, took a walk down a very muddy path where last autumn I found a forest full to the brim with Monotropa uniflora. I’ve not seen a forest so rich with ferns since camping in the White Mountains. I picked as many fiddleheads as I could gather in my bags for jewelry.