“American Tradition” by Elizabeth Perdomo

Forget
those black
bottom-line day
specials. This is
the real deal reason:
Coffee & conversation
& New York TV parades;
dried bread crumbled &
vegetables well chopped,
sautéed amidst savory seasons,
parsley, sage, rosemary & thyme,
stuffed into a plump, thawed
turkey, set to roast within
an over full capacity oven.
houses smell like home;
Holiday scents & sweet
potato aromas mingle
into a green bean meld;
red cranberry relish,
sweet & tart & cool,
a blend held at ready,
while pecan pieces
& pumpkin orange
become skillfully
transformed into
fragrant memory
crusted pies.

Elizabeth Perdomo has lived and written in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas these past
sixteen years, moving to this region from the Rio Grande Valley of northern New Mexico. Born
in Kansas and raised both there and in Colorado, she has written poetry works since a young
teen. Perdomo also lived in the Southeastern USA for many years, where she married and her 3
daughters were born. Perdomo has been an active member of the South Texas Border Chapter of Texas Master Naturalist since 2016. Her written pieces reflect her passion to learn about local
places, culture and tradition, as well as gardening, ecology, nature and much more. Perdomo is
the author of a book of poetry about the people and places in East Tennessee entitled, “One Turn of Seasons” and has had a number of poems published in periodicals, chap books and
collections, including a recently published collection entitled, “Kansas Time + Places.”

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