July 12, 2011 / Creative Writing
Writer Alissa Wilkinson reflects on the brunching habits she learned from living in New York City, and the sacredness of eating together.
March 2, 2015
Her words take me from what I’m reading
to find out what I’d like to drink.
Apple juice, I answer, then take the can
and look to see that’s all it is.
The label informs me that the contents
of this twelve-ounce can come from
the U.S.A., Argentina, Austria,
Chile, China, Germany, and Turkey.
What I would like to drink,
I think, is the juice of apples
from the same orchard—
to taste that one place.
What I get is the taste
of everywhere and nowhere.
So I take and drink the world we squeeze.
Joel Kurz is a Lutheran pastor in Warrensburg, Missouri. He serves on the board of directors for With God’s Little Ones (www.wglo.org) and has been a contributor to the Center for the Care of Creation (www.togetherwithallcreatures.org). His poetry has appeared in Sojourners, Weavings, the Cresset, Lutheran Forum, and Friends Journal.