A Bushel of Abuela


roasting chilies was

our autumn ceremony

she had us soak them first

because life can get you dirty

then each must be carefully pierced

because if you don’t give steam a path

you might overheat and then explode

next was the trip to the waiting fire outside

because blisters & burns don’t happen in a home

when all was done we brought the chilies to the kitchen

blistered skins were removed, for younger kids, the seeds

we broke bread because that is what families do together, then

we layered butter and the fresh chili then lightly seasoned with salt

we filled our bellies with the spicy food, the spicy company, each other







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