Celebration Corks at Finton's Landing B & B

Lake Keuka, NY


Beneath the parlor window

on the pine floor, a box sits

brimming with its cache

of jubilation—each cork marked

with a date. Reunions, graduations,

anniversaries, birthdays—tangible

long after the misty pop

and delicate fizz of champagne

on the tongue has gone.

So buoyant, I feel them rise

to follow as I cross the porch

to walk the steep path

that leads to the edge of the lake

where memories linger, thick and fragrant

as the grapes of the surrounding hills.


By Kathe L. Palka

Included in Faith to See and Other Poems, Finishing Line Press 2007