Holding All the Patience in the World

Brenda Hillman

Food (An Excerpt)

by Brenda Hillman
You smile over your burger, chattering brightly.
So often, at our sunny kitchen table,
hearing the mantra of the refrigerator,
I’ve thought there was nothing I could do but feed you;
and I’ve always loved the way you eat,
you eat selfishly, humming, bending
the french fries to your will, your brown eyes
spotting everything: the tall boy
who has come in with his mother, repressed rage
in espadrilles, and now carries the tray for her.
Oh this is fun, says the mother,
You stand there with mommy’s purse.
And he stands there smiling after her,
holding all the patience in the world.

Four Sonnets About Food

by Adrienne Su


I am afraid
I can’t always be
here when you need
a warm body
or words; someday
I’ll slip
into the red clay
I started with
and forget
who you are,
for now, here’s
my offering: baked red
fish, clear soup, bread.

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A Sonnet Obsession

I am a life-long Minnesotan who resides in Minneapolis. I hope you enjoy my curated selection of sonnets, short poems and nerdy ruminations. I am pleased to offer Fourteenlines as an ad and cookie free poetry resource, to allow the poetry to be presented on its own without distractions. Fourteenlines is a testament to the power of the written word, for anyone wanting a little more poetry in their life.

2 thoughts on “Holding All the Patience in the World”

  1. I could and should have written this almost at the beginning when I discovered this site. Thank you and thank goodness for this obsession. I get to read poets I know and new work by them, meet new poets and bask in the diversity of poets and their poetry, those from long ago to now. What a deal.

    Adrienne Su’s #4 was rich, provocative…just lovely. .

    Thank you.


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