Timeless Pie

she saved her money to buy

a thirty-minute trip back in time

to visit the diner where

she could watch her grandpa

young with a head full of hair

working behind the counter

as she ate a piece of his

maple apple pie with coffee


the piece she ordered to-go

traveled fifty years

ahead of time

to be sneaked to her grandma

in hospice care

who couldn’t eat more than a bite

but breathed it in

and smiled


Beth Cato

Nebula Award-nominated Beth Cato is the author of A Thousand Recipes for Revenge from 47North (summer 2023) plus two fantasy series from Harper Voyager. She’s a Hanford, California native transplanted to the Arizona desert, where she lives with her husband, son, and requisite cats. Follow her at and on Twitter at @BethCato.

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