Nothing Beats the Taste Sensation When Maple Syrup Collides with Ham

Jack Bedell

Twin Peaks, S1:E4



There’s real truth to that, Agent Cooper,

                and to the ice cold of a dead

                                woman’s hand. But what fires


could dream-truth light? What pretty

                song would you remember upon waking,

                                and could the steps of that dance


still lead your way? Enjoy your coffee

                while it’s hot. Take two sips

                                if you can. And quick bites


of your pie before the testimony rolls in.

                Just keep stacking plates and empty

                                drinks as you go. Your dream soul


will stay on the case. Let him follow

                those tracks left on the road.

                                For sure, you two will meet up soon.



Jack B. Bedell is Professor of English and Coordinator of Creative Writing at Southeastern Louisiana University where he also edits Louisiana Literature and directs the Louisiana Literature Press. His latest collection is No Brother, This Storm (Mercer University Press, fall 2018). He served as Louisiana Poet Laureate 2017-2019.