POEM FOR SUSAN HATTIE

Susan Hattie Steinsapir


FOR SUSAN

I have shut the cookbook
And put the plates away,
Turning off the oven...
I shall not bake today.

The kitchen remains empty
But still I smell the batter
It is not mine, and should I cook
The tears will make it bitter

Mourning is so flavourless
And you cannot eat regrets
Endless recycled recipes
Ensure that none forgets.

I shall cry no more because
Of this I am assured:
There are freshly steaming cookies
In the kitchen of the Lord.

Andrew Wood


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