i just remembered this last night and couldn’t stop laughing at the memory. when i was little and would have baths, before i got to the actual washing of my self (soaping, shampooing, etc.) my dad would be ok with letting me sit in the hot water and eat a snack. this is bizarre on multiple levels; but one of my fondest memories of my youth is me munching on a cupful of garbanzo beans (chickpeas, if you will) in steamy hot water. this is a photo by olga onischenko, it makes me feel more maternal than usual. now here’s a poem by william carlos williams:

I have eaten

the plums

that were in

the icebox


and which

you were probably


for breakfast


Forgive me

they were delicious

so sweet

and so cold

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