On the day of your scan I make a soupto wean us from meat. Beans soak and blanchan hour while I slit open the cell-ophane wrap on the celery, choppingthe ribs into small pieces, the sizeof the stones that follow an avalanche.Carrots sliced into see-through orange mem-branes, others hacked into jagged boulders, bi-sected as though by the pressure of shift-ing plates. Onions, at knifepoint, suppurateand toss themselves into the hot oil. Whatis left? two blind see-no-evil potatoes.Sweet herbs; I pull apart ovate leavesof basil and sweet marjorum. Red kidneybeans slip out of their bladder skins, rubbingagainst the Great Limas. Together,they give off a kind of scum which keeps downthe foaming boil: instead it heaves andswells, trembling like a bosom, but does notspill out. Thank God for scum! I rinse my knife,watching its gleaming edge rotate underthe water; now there is only the wait.
—Peggy Penn, “The Soup”Film Still from Jeanne Dunning’s Icing

On the day of your scan I make a soup
to wean us from meat. Beans soak and blanch
an hour while I slit open the cell-
ophane wrap on the celery, chopping
the ribs into small pieces, the size
of the stones that follow an avalanche.
Carrots sliced into see-through orange mem-
branes, others hacked into jagged boulders, bi-
sected as though by the pressure of shift-
ing plates. Onions, at knifepoint, suppurate
and toss themselves into the hot oil. What
is left? two blind see-no-evil potatoes.
Sweet herbs; I pull apart ovate leaves
of basil and sweet marjorum. Red kidney
beans slip out of their bladder skins, rubbing
against the Great Limas. Together,
they give off a kind of scum which keeps down
the foaming boil: instead it heaves and
swells, trembling like a bosom, but does not
spill out. Thank God for scum! I rinse my knife,
watching its gleaming edge rotate under
the water; now there is only the wait.

Peggy Penn, “The Soup”
Film Still from Jeanne Dunning’s Icing

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