Hunger’s Table: Women, Food & Politics Papier-Mache Press, 1997

Grape Pie

This pie calls for 4 cups blue grapes
and asks that skillful fingers
slip the pulp from their skins.
It requires you cook the lush mass
until its seeds loosen,
and begs you keep your fantasies in check.
Press cooked pulp through a colander
to remove but save the seeds. Your
breathing stumbles now, mouth dries,
thighs tingle and body moves
gently back and forth.
Now combine the pulp, seeds, 3/4 cup sugar
1-1/2 tablespoons lemon juice,
1 tablespoon grated orange rind
and 1 tablespoon quick-cooking tapioca.
These ingredients must stand 15 minutes
while you line a pie plate with dough
and preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
Fill the shell with the deep blue mixture
and form a lattice across the top.
Bake 10 minutes hot
and 20 more at medium heat.
But wait.
Listen to the voices of César’s people
in the grape fields of California.
If you hear them striking
you must refuse to serve or eat this pie.