beaded trout

Kabubu Bread

Knuckles hidden under

fleshy fists repetitive soft punches

rhythm drum beats kneading dough

Mother shaping a mass with prayer hands

commodity flour, sugar, salt, lard

into oven pan bread

Baking smell is effervescent bon appetit hunger

greasy family smiles laughing across generations

Lakota tezis (bellies) happy

my memories remembrance before mom passed

when I was 19 in 1984

Sitting in Oakland decades later

at my kitchen table

missing mother's kabubu bread

while making cinnamon toast

on wheat bread

for my 5 year old daughter

sharing first smile bread bites

Reminding myself, carrying forward to her

family heritage in a good way

stories of my daughter's unci (grandmother)

that she will never meet in this lifetime

yet will need

Luke Warm Water


contents of issue 3

Blessing For the Meal
Indira Allegra

Gracias, Sabás
Brandon Cesmat

Red Door on Mott Street
Stephania JT Russell

Preserves
Howard Miller

windfall
Martin Hinkel

Cooking Stories
Linda Boyden

Table Leavings
Rain Prud'homme_Cranford Gomez

Kabubu Bread
Luke Warm Water

Into The Cauldron of Iron
Lorraine Cathey


Luke Warm Water Biography

Luke Warm Water is a self taught poet born and raised in South Dakota. He is Lakota Tribe American Indian. Luke has been published widely and has featured at literary venues across the U.S. and in Europe. His latest chapbook is City Tree of Concrete & Hope (2012). Luke currently lives in Oakland, California


Permission to publish poems in this one context was granted by the authors, who unless otherwise specified, hold copyright on these works.