A kitchen was an extraordinary
place for writing. Combined with Earl Grey
it practically wrote for you; I observed the ways
in which waves curled up and moved
towards the seagrass and back.
White foam raced to the shore
almost chasing something but
never quite reaching; slamming the rocks
on its path, smoothing out sands.
Then fade away.
I took a sip and chose a wave
to root for in this contest.
My eyes followed; observed it getting larger,
whiter, faster but all in vain. Sooner or later
it would disappear and become one
with all the others.
Grandfather’s clock had signaled dinner, as I
finished my third mug and looked at you.
Henry rubbed his ears against my foot
and jumped on the chair beside,
joining me in my daily hour of
You were like breadcrumbs
left unpurposely by my digestion during breakfast
You stayed on the kitchen table 'til noon,
'til Mama swiped away the remaining crumbs,
I have lunch
with another dish--a different meal.
Something else, but not
Truthfully if I
had a kitchen in my room
I'd never come out
My biggest wish, too bad my parents would never approve
mining liquid ice, cream vanilla something
at dawn, sugar, fat, whipped smoke rising hope
better than hate at breakfast, face etched snarling
a circuit ******, roll and tub down *****
slippery, thumbed a feast of biscuit crumbs
off a plate, table and at feet. Arrived
at loathing a choir rabid, sings morning.
Say to me,
"Eat in the kitchen!"
Nobody but I am America
They dare eat at the table,
Darker brothers besides me,
Grow beautiful, strong.
Company will send "America"
To sing; Ashamed–
Inspired by "I, Too" by Langston Hughes
I pray fire
furnace roar from your centre
circling cells, sparking breath, spirit
I pray honey
warm milk sober flow
as gauze, to shield and sooth
I pray kitchen tonic
sweet ferment, anise spice
molasses bitter—the nourish
I pray leaf and flower
brewed to healing power
I pray squirrel play
great leap, and hover—
catch and clamber
chase and chatter
I pray snowdrop
nestled in cold darkness, knowing spring
always follows winter
I pray river
ancient friend steering you to salty depths
I pray sun gaze deep breath full surrender
I pray blue sky long view
I pray love of a mother
For my mum, and Susie, both who are nursing broken hearts.
I feel like boiling water
slowly evaporating into thin air
becoming invisible to others.
Something that came to my mind while cooking.
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