a wife who can cook like a queen
Eclectic selectrix from all cuisine
She tallies the mysteries of all herbs
Rosemary for Remembrance” —that disturbs
Some other rhymes from childhood memory
Carved out in oak, and smoked in hickory.
She is my lady who rules over food:
Quiet and graceful, she’ll never intrude,
But float gently by as on gossamer wing
The gentle and lovely little old thing. . .
That’s the Keeper of Secrets and my love
I swear it by everything that’s above!
Concluding her praise with this here toast —
Cook, my darling: boil, steam, baste and roast.
October 17 2002
Chez nous Nelson.