A Bowl of Chillies.
Article Type: Poem
Subject: Mother-daughter relations (Portrayals)
Child rearing (Portrayals)
Tradition (Portrayals)
Family life (Portrayals)
Hot peppers (Portrayals)
Author: Lambert, Alison
Pub Date: 05/01/2010
Publication: Name: Hecate Publisher: Hecate Press Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Women's issues/gender studies Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Hecate Press ISSN: 0311-4198
Issue: Date: May-Nov, 2010 Source Volume: 36 Source Issue: 1-2
Topic: NamedWork: A Bowl of Chillies (Poem)
Accession Number: 246529808
Full Text:
I dream I am a bowl of chillies
      --long red chillies, long-picked,
     skins cracking, flesh softening-- red chillies in a bowl of
speckled coconut wood, the Indonesian bowl my daughter brought me.
A mother makes a daughter, but A daughter makes a mother too. And as a
country shapes my daughter, she brings patterns to her girls, carrying
the mother-fires through.
I can turn myself into sambal
, a piquant comment to the daily rice, a recipe to be remembered and
followed, like your mother did.
You start, with a bowl of chillies: They speak the warmth hidden in your
wintry ways.
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