Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal

The Gist of the Matter

Glenda Barrett

Apple peelings

red and moistened

slide from the knife

onto my calico apron

in a large, curly heap.

I listen to the chatter of

my family around the table.

Over and over,

I slice pieces from my apple,

and eat them from the knife

like my father before me,

until nothing is left but the core.

That’s where I like to begin

my story.


Glenda Barrett, a poet, writer, and artist lives in the mountains of North Georgia. Her work has been published in Woman's World, Farm & Ranch Living, Nostalgia, Grit, Psychology for Living, and other magazines and journals.

© Glenda Barrett

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