24. Christmas Salad

It’s just not breakfast at Mom’s house

without a fruit salad. She makes it the way

her mother did, cutting up bananas, apples, oranges,

maybe a mango.


This Christmas morning, it’s my job.

I start with my grandmother’s fruits

add Ranier cherries — Mom’s favorite

fold in Maine blackberries — for our New England trip

slice Bosc pears — which I hate (but were on sale)


but this year, in this fruit salad,

the pears were heavenly.