Nothing to do with Cooking

Nothing to do with Cooking

A Poem by Jack Joseph

Dreaming of a meal,
wrapped in paper and string
waiting for the love and flame
that would come, once a familiar hand
pulls the door open and the light comes on.
Soon sweet smells of onion and olive oil,
butter and lemon dance together, dotting the air
just above the pan.
Diced this and that now enters,
bounding from the board to the steaming range
color and texture form
cream swirls and swoons
making potatoes soft and smooth;
rosemary and basil dot the milky white.
The dream progresses and the sounds of
clanking pans, and thumping, chopping, knives increase;
the hands are becoming frantic, frustrated
and the ingredients keep multiplying
it seems that too much has entered the pan
the potatoes boil over
and the steam becomes thick, black, smoke.
The sauce is breaking.
Swift footsteps approach from behind
and second set of hands dash from spoon to panhandle,
knife to ladle and the flames calm,
the potatoes reduce their froth
and the sauce renders
The second pair of hands now come near,
covering the first, interlocking and stroking gently;
like the flames, the panic dies down
and the light turns off.
The dream ends, eyes flutter open
and the two pairs of hands lay between them
still interlocked.

© 2009 Jack Joseph

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Nicely done.. great imagary and a twisting ending.

Posted 12 Years Ago

Beautiful! The ending was perfect. I like the way you tantalize my senses with this one...

Posted 12 Years Ago

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Added on December 27, 2009
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Jack Joseph
Jack Joseph

Los Angeles, CA

I'm a writer, painter and cognitive science junky living in The City of Angels. I write poetry from the perspective of a bystander. I believe that there is beauty in pain and loss, a beauty that rival.. more..

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