Monday, 23 July 2012

Spice of life



the silky peelings of onions,
crushed cloves of garlic
sizzles the pan of our evening

my treat, you say as your hands
caress the red and green bell peppers,
jalapeno and spice waffling kitchen nook

i smile at your dash of zest
whilst kneading the dough pie, soft and moist
swirling dust in bowl of white ceramic

my hands sugar the air of our
conversation, a dash of chocolate in a mix,
makes you stop and kiss my powdery lips

as olive oil tenders the chicken breasts,
leisurely your hand measures a cup, 
heady brew of herbs and crimson sauces

steaming air envelops oven hearth
as fresh vegetables and flavored meat entwine,
melting butter in crusty french bread

we savor slow cooking time,
the fruits of long companionship: soft, light
as whipped cream over layered English trifle

filling our insides with warming cheer
soon, my lime sprayed apron slips away
as eager hand peppers and seasons the dish

with a flourish, you pour the spicy hot
dish on wide moon platter, asking me casually,
"what do you think?"

grabbing wine glasses, i look at your steady hands,
and with a practiced expression, i say,     

"delicious."


and it still is.


Posted for Imaginary Garden with Real Toads - OLN - Monday
and D'verse Poets Pub - OpenLinkNight  - every Tuesday at 3pm EST

I wrote this last year as a prose, inspired by reading through Brian Miller's archives.  After  some editing with the ending, I thought of sharing this as hubby and I are celebrating our personal milestone this weekend.   Cheers ~ 

picture source:   here

58 comments:

  1. This is one for which I don't have much to say. It is flawless. I love the way you weave cooking and passion, even long-term passion, together. It's so gentle, the way you work with your words and your food.

    This is exactly right:
    "we savor slow cooking time,
    the fruits of long companionship"

    Your closing is perfect and inspiring. And now I am very, very hungry.

    You must not have three young children underfoot in your kitchen. ;)

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    1. Thanks Shawna for the lovely words. It was ironic that when I was posting this, hubby was cooking in the kitchen. And no, no three young children underfoot...my youngest is 13 though ~

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  2. Now that is a meal that I take and even want to help make, made me kind of hungry too. So much from food, surely getting one in the mood.

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    1. Well, that is good to put you in this mood ~ Thanks for the visit Pat ~

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  3. "my hands sugar the air of our
    conversation" as your love flavors everything after the "slow cooking time, / the fruits of long companionship"!

    How perfectly and deliciously sensual and spiritual.

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    1. Thanks Susan ~ I like those lines too ~

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  4. Preparations for the best in life, love and sustenance for all the senses, what could be better than these?

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    1. sustenance for all the senses...that is lovely ~ Thank you ~

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  5. Such a romantic homage to the fire that still smolders in your marriage. You've a wonderful husband to be spending time in the kitchen cooking with.

    I've read Brain's poetry for his wife and it's so sensual. You both have lucky spouses.

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    1. Thank you Anne for the compliments and visit ~ I appreciate it ~

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  6. Congratulations on you and your husband's milestone, Grace. Another beautifully written piece. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you Elsie ~ Hope you are well rested from your vacation ~

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  7. Hmm... And to think for supper i shared a bad hamburger with a scrawny stray cat on a dirty sidewalk. Bet you can't make that sound sensual! It was a lovely passage through the kitchen, Heaven, thanks. And big congrats to you and hubby. May there be many many more.
    Rick

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  8. smiles...nice....thanks for th mention as well...i love the mix of cooking and intimacy...it plays well together...and love is best done slow cooked and not microwaved....congrats on your milestones...and cooking together (non metaphor) is a great experience as well...

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    1. thanks for popping back over...i was actually given 30 days notice...the company is filing bankruptcy so i have a little time to look and still have money coming in...its all part of the journey, you know...smiles...never know what is around the corner....sorry to hear about your husband and i wish him well on finding something for himself...its a tough market out there...already started networking a bit today on a limited level just to get my name out there...

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  10. I am literally salivating...what a feast, in very sense of the term!

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  11. I cannot believe you made peeling onions erotic!!! lol

    Made me hungry though

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  12. oh my goodness I loved the erotica involved

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  13. This was so sensual. Made cooking so romantic and such fun. There are so many lovely lines all through this Grace. I loved how he stopped to kiss your powdery lips. All of this is so very gently erotic without any smut, which makes it even more sensual.
    A wow of a read :) I can see how Brian's writing influenced you but, you certainly have your own style :)

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  14. Love this...made me smile because I enjoy when I cook with my husband, there's an intimacy especially when you've been together for a long time.

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  15. You make cooking hour sound quite orgiastic!

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  16. steamy hot, kitchen fantasies are the best, darling! This could be a helluva sexy film scene....

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  17. This poem is good enough to eat.

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  18. This was fantastic. Every word is perfect and I loved it.

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  19. whoah! Sensual and amazingly well done. My hubs so loves to cook...I am so wanting to read this to him in the kitchen, or wherever! love it!

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  20. really enjoyed this one Heaven, you used some lovely phrasing througout-- these two lines my favourites--

    the fruits of long companionship: soft, light
    as whipped cream over layered English trifle

    beautiful!

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  21. This is perfection. Ask me what I think, I will say delicious poem :)

    Beautifully done.

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  22. a joy for all the senses...congratulations...may the love continue to ripen and sweeten through the years.

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  23. It is indeed delicious! Made me hungry, too...lol....congrats on your special milestone...Beautiful, sensual poetry :)

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  24. A meal of sensuality that leaves me feeling satisfied and full. So well done.

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  25. filling our insides with warming cheer
    soon, my lime sprayed apron slips away
    as eager hand peppers and seasons the dish

    Nothing beats when two hearts are entwined together. Like the way you weave cooking into the sensuously provocative togetherness. Beautifully crafted, Heaven!

    Hank

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  26. This is a work that makes me hungry for everything! I love the intimacy, the warmth, yummo!

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  27. There is something very intimate about cooking with a partner..it is, after all, about "feeding" one another. I loved this Grace...and enjoy your time together.

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  28. Happy Milestone!
    Loved reading this. You cooked such intimacy into it and came up with something so tasty. Delish.

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  29. Lovely and soooo sensual. And of course, now I am hungry.

    I loved the flow and twists throughout, very well done!

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  30. Very well done! If only I were not vegetarian! But still works! k.

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  31. This is a PERFECT poem... cooking and passion and "it still is" ... three words that speak to longevity .... EXCELLENTLY DONE.

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  32. Mmm, makes me hungry, too. A delicious piece of writing.
    K

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  33. We love cooking too. You've given me an appetite. Nice work.

    (Grace, no need to visit back--no post for me tonight!)

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  34. "it still is"

    Umph! Now this is sensual in the true sense of the word. Inviting all to play in this yummy morsel. Delicious indeed...

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  35. I don't know what it is about this line, "my hands sugar the air of our/conversation," but I just love it. Maybe because I have a tendency to talk with my hands, which is what this line makes me think of.

    Overall, a very flavorful poem

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  36. so romantic and warm...full of ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm


    four child with book senryu

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  37. smiles...now this is some nice sort of cooking..smiles

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  38. Lovely piece, it's all in how you prepare, regardless if it's for a meal, or life...

    Happy trails to you and yours.. :)

    Peace and love
    1Manview

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  39. yummy!

    that's my only response. :)

    you really are remarkable.

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  40. Food and sensuality hand-in-hand. Nothing sexier than a man that can cook! Great capture!! (Enjoy your milestone!!)

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  41. Yum! A delicious write in more ways than one! Nice!

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  42. Wow Grace, this is gorgeous! I love the sugary air and the savoring of time. I hope that you continue to enjoy your celebration, I'm happy that it is still delicious. :) This was such a pleasure to read.

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  43. A meal made with love is delicious indeed :)

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  44. cooking together is a bit like dancing together
    it sounds like a lovely evening
    best wishes

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  45. Wow. That's it. This makes me want to go home and cook with my husband (he usually does the cooking). I may be missing out on the romance of making dinner together...the smells of garlic and the smoothness of olive oil. The comfort of bread, and then off to bed. :smiles:

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  46. Quite good Heaven. Cooking and creating can be such a delicious romantic time. You have captured the atmosphere so well here. And congrats to you and hubby :)

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  47. first - congrats to you and your hubby.
    this poem is madly delicious, in wording and creativity.
    cooking is a sensual art and you have illustrated this fact, in this
    well-written poem

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  48. Such wonderful sensuality in food-poetry!

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