Lemon sorbet on Sunday afternoon by Carolyne Van Der Meer

Now there are

throwaway wooden spoons

in ice cream shops

Before COVID

it was the environment

marches the world over

led by a little Swedish girl

who took on the president

Now there are masks

clogging up sewers

latex gloves

littering sidewalks

The pattern my lipstick leaves

on the wooden spoon

is random

the sticky residue of lemon sorbet

attracts ants

dries unknowingly

in the afternoon sun




Carolyne Van Der Meer lives and writes in Montreal, Canada. She has two published books, Motherlode: A Mosaic of Dutch Wartime Experience (WLUP, 2014) and Journeywoman (Inanna, 2017). Heart of Goodness: The Life of Marguerite Bourgeoys in 30 Poems will be published by Guernica Editions in August 2020 and a collection of poetry called Sensorial is forthcoming from Inanna in 2021. Carolyne’s poetry and prose have been published internationally.

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