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Poem: "Pat's Place" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "Pat's Place"
This poem came from the December 6, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from idhren24. It was sponsored by Shirley Barrette. "Pat's Place" is based on the apocryphal television show Schrodinger's Heroes. Visit the menu page for more about that project.

Pat's Place

Alex and Ash have their offices,
and Bailey has his workshop,
but the kitchen is Pat's place.

It's a little piece of home
amidst all the lab-white
and industrial-stainless-steel
of the Teferact compound,
an island of warm brown wood
and terra-cotta tiles.

He can cook up wonders here,
though when he's not saving the world,
he's as likely to be out roaming
the Waxahachie farmer's market
in search of fresh-picked peppers
and bunches of cilantro.

The other members of the team
gravitate to the purring coffee machine
and Pat sweeps them off their feet
into the intricate dance of the kitchen,
entices them into dicing vegetables,
slicing fruit, kneading bread.

When things have gone horribly wrong
and the mess has been scraped up
and the fires are finally out,
there will be homemade cookies
and cold milk from the dairy down the road.

No matter how many times the universe
collapses on itself like a badly folded roadmap,
everyone still needs to eat,
and if anyone were to look around
this little country kitchen with scribbles on the fridge
and ask Pat why he does it,
when he could be out heroing all the time,
he would simply smile and say,

"This is what we're fighting for."

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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 10th, 2011 10:13 pm (UTC) (Link)


>>Not to mention that when you come back in from a long hard day, all cold and tired and hungry, whoever's waiting there with a hot meal certainly seems like a Big Damn Hero at the very least.<<

That is very true.

Actually, that's my contribution to work days, sometimes, because I'm more use in a kitchen than hauling wood or other heavy work.

>>I couldn't find a "Big Damn Heroes" Icon with Zoe in it, they all had Mal.<<

I've seen one like that with Zoe, but more would certainly be good.
my_partner_doug From: my_partner_doug Date: December 11th, 2011 02:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Some friends of mine who were sharing a house offered me a month's worth of crash space at a time when I needed to re-organize my life, with the possibility of becoming the fourth housemate if things played out well over the month. As it played out, my schedule had me back home a full hour ahead of the rest of them, so right from the start I set to fixing supper for four as soon as I got in, and the 3 of them would arrive to a fully prepared meal. After 3 days, I was extended full housemate status, and was there 'til the lease expired.
je_reviens From: je_reviens Date: January 2nd, 2012 09:29 am (UTC) (Link)
If I had you cooking for me Doug, I would certainly do all I could to persuade you to stay!
je_reviens From: je_reviens Date: January 2nd, 2012 09:27 am (UTC) (Link)
I loved that scene with Kaylee. It was so clever how Shepherd paid for his passage with produce. Bc it was so valuable.

Damn I miss that show.
From: technoshaman Date: November 17th, 2012 07:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
OK, that settles it. Or maybe it doesn't...

Have you already got talis_kimberley's Hearth and the Hive? Because I have two copies already half-way here from Wiltshire, and one of them wasn't earmarked for anyone until two minutes ago.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 17th, 2012 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)


I do not have that album, and it sounds very much like one I'd enjoy. "Kitchen Heroes" has been rec'd in relation to "Pat's Kitchen" repeatedly.
From: technoshaman Date: November 17th, 2012 08:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Okay...

Yay! Then it shall be yours.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 17th, 2012 08:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Okay...

SQUEE! Thank you!
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