Saturday, July 05, 2008


BRADY DOES THE BREASTSTROKE

(This one's for Winston)

Went this afternoon down toward the beach to a large and renowned supermarket of the AmeriCal kind whose Grand Canyon aisles I love to wander, soaking up the full spectrum of largesse on offer-- the football fields of ice cream choices and the shorelines of beer selections, all unknown in my honorable country of residence.

The acreage of root beer alone always gives me pause, as do the Everests of cheeses, the cliffs of wines. Today, like one without a compass I stumbled into the Eden of the baked goods section and there in the distance beheld - do my eyes deceive me - what appeared to be an elaborate architecture of pies that Antonio Gaudi would have admired greatly, a Sagrada Familia of pies. Drawing nearer, I beheld towers of pies of apple, chocolate creme, key lime, lemon meringue, coconut creme, cherry, berry, pecan - the list outruns my pen - all clearly on personal terms with heaven.

As I drew nearer, my eyes already swimming as in a sea of pies with their frothy peaks and scalloped crusts, all I could I do was dive in mentally and perform the breaststroke, the butterfly, the crawl, and snorkel to the luscious depths, then return to the crust, roll onto my back and just float in supreme deliciousness-- the mind can do wondrous things far from shore in an ocean of pies.

Didn't buy anything though, since I still had a Gibraltar of cherry pie a la mode to finish at home-- but now I know where they are.

This is good, for there is truth in pies that cannot be plumbed elsewhere.

5 comments:

Gina said...

What's it good for to have piles of cakes, that pretty much all taste the same? What we want is the pie our mom made when we were little kids and the kitchen smelled like heaven.

Martin J Frid said...

Hurry up and return to Japan, and write poetry again.

;)

Mary Lou said...

LOLOLOL Something tells me you need to teach Echo how to bake pies!! DO you need a cookbook? ;)

Bob Brady said...

Gina, I am likely driven by the memories you speak of...

Martin, I just returned to Japan, and as soon as my brain gets here I'll get right on it... Tks...

Mary Lou... I have lots of cookbooks but if I make pies I'll have to eat them all... I just ate them all in California, they should carry me for a while-- as I carry them...

Joy Des Jardins said...

Welcome back home Bob....Winston would have liked this one...