Farmhouse Kitchen

Farmhouse Kitchen

A Poem by John Alexander McFadyen
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Country Life.

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Farmhouse Kitchen

Cold flagstone floors

and dusty shelves,

beneath a low, oak beamed,

white-washed ceiling.

A scrubbed pine table

bearing the scars

of many years labour

with Sabatier knives,

meat mallets and cleavers.

Pots, all shapes and sizes,

dangle from a rack above.

The soot black range,

stout and proud,

belches heat and roasts a joint

of beef, bakes a loaf of bread

and warms plates,

ready for a hearty feast.

The smell of baking dough

and searing meat fills the space

with drooling appetites.

Atop the stove boiling vegetables

to accompany the crisping,

oven-cooked parsnips and potatoes,

fill the air with sweet moistened steam.

And in readiness,

we await the call

for father to carve,

knowing that soon

we will be replete.

 

07/06/17


© 2017 John Alexander McFadyen



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Solid expression feeding the reader an image with as much simple description as metaphor. Thanks.

Posted 4 Months Ago


John Alexander McFadyen

4 Months Ago

Thanks Matt
I've often heard it said that a kitchen is the heart of a home. You've articulated that well, John, with such clever skill... and awe!

Posted 4 Months Ago


John Alexander McFadyen

4 Months Ago

I love cooking and am looking for a house with a 'live-in' kitchen lol. Many thanks Kelly.
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Gee
Brings flooding back memories of childhood Sunday dinners, the only guaranteed hot meal of the week.
Top notch piece of descriptive writing

Posted 4 Months Ago


John Alexander McFadyen

4 Months Ago

I recall those Sunday lunches but in a council maisonette in east end Glasgow! Many thanks Gee.
Gee

4 Months Ago

My pleasure
it seems those days have passed john,a way of life
that most people today does not share

Posted 4 Months Ago


John Alexander McFadyen

4 Months Ago

Ah but how nice to go back to such family occasions Ron? Many thanks.
Your descriptions are so vivid, but more than that I like the wonderful warm feel of your words. Wonderful writing John. :) Julie

Posted 4 Months Ago


John Alexander McFadyen

4 Months Ago

Thank you so much Julie for your kind review.
"Please sir, can I have some more?" This poem whets the appetite and imagination with its masterful imagery and descriptive prowess. "The soot black range, stout and proud,belches heat and roasts a joint of beef..." Eloquent, love this.

Posted 4 Months Ago


John Alexander McFadyen

4 Months Ago

Thank you so much Annette!
There is a lot going on in this piece, So many textures and tones. You can smell everything as it's happening. The vivid colors of the vegetables and the steam coming off the stove. Sounds like rustic heaven to me. Beautifully penned John. By far one of my favorites.

Posted 4 Months Ago


John Alexander McFadyen

4 Months Ago

Thank you so much for your kindness duff.
duff

4 Months Ago

You bet! I really enjoy reading your work.
Aloha John, I love this! There's so much beauty in the simple things. A warm sense of family and a way of life that seems so distant from today.
On a different note, this made my mouth water, hearty and full! Izzy

Posted 4 Months Ago


John Alexander McFadyen

4 Months Ago

So glad to have got the juices going Izzy. Many thanks!
You see this in your minds eye. The family together, conversing. Roll on today. Everyone in different rooms, eating, on computers. Talking, what happened to it.

Posted 4 Months Ago


John Alexander McFadyen

4 Months Ago

Progress and the internet I guess Paul. In days bygone communication took place over the table, over.. read more
i love the idea of a simple life...sometimes i wish i lived back in the colonial days...when we had just what we needed to live and it was enough.
the world is so different today...we have so much that we don't even appreciate.
j.

Posted 4 Months Ago


John Alexander McFadyen

4 Months Ago

Indeed so Jacob. Many thanks for reading.

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John Alexander McFadyen

Brixworth, England, United Kingdom



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