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Postcards - Wood House
By Nicky Goodman
Monday, December 08, 2008

Rated "G" by the Author.

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Wood House

Ribbons, bobbins, threads, peddles; Singer making shorts fit for her little one, she stitches as the family chop and chat, stiring cebola and garlic in the fat that sizzles and whispers on the stove. Beans simmer in the hiss and steam of summer-like Sunday. Here we are, gathered together.

Sister, Tia, Father, and she plays Mother. Brother shoots hoops over the patch and porch – sauce spits, red pimenta; tomato bits, dunking sticks, fingers dipping the 'Molho Scorch.'

Tongues on fire, iced caiparihna, sugar, lime. Papa Careka fine slices green leaves into thin skinny strings. 'Não tem em Inglaterra? Es bom, com sal, limon, e pimenta'

We sing, old time songs, pass the caiparinha. Sugar-ice-cool-loosens voice and lingua. Childhood? Sorry, I don't remember – and watch their tiny dresses from cot to cradle take a dance across the table. Sisters shriek 'That's mine!!' one shocking frock passed down from one to other, red check lace held to a cheek. So very cute, and I remember too...”Carida!”

”You make drink like Brasiliera!”

May be. Long ago, in my 'Vida passada!' Life is passing – Sing! Sing! Lucelia plucks the strings on the violin, women weave the table cloth, their harmony changes everything. One language, when all is heard. A hug outback feels just like home, when you know 'I love you' needs no words. Sing! Sing! The lunch bell rings. Here we are, gathered together, in the Wood House in the Spring.


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Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 12/9/2008
In the stitch of time, woven threads of togetherness...Postcards - Wood House is motion oriented - family thriving on homespun love and the pattern of simplicity which reward the recipients with a postcard from home - the way it should be, Nicky...very constructive lattice work poetry where everyone is contributing and busy making the ties that well...

Reviewed by Felix Perry 12/8/2008
Thank you for inviting me and the rest of us into a new world of a family that have heart...loved it.

Reviewed by Debby Rosenberg 12/8/2008
felt like the fly on the wall, observing this wood house...well done
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 12/8/2008

All of the senses, in particularly hearing and taste, come into play: delicious gathering of family. Well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla

" ... Beans simmer in the hiss and steam of summer-like Sunday. .... " SUBLIME

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