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Poem: "Two Gals Cooking" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "Two Gals Cooking"
This poem came out of the June 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] anke. It also fills the square on my 6-10-14 card for the [community profile] fanbingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It belongs to the series Walking the Beat.


"Two Gals Cooking"


On cold miserable days
when slush makes for
treacherous footing
on the frozen ground
and hands want mittens
instead of mere gloves,
Dale and Kelly stay home.

They hole up inside
their warm Colonial house
with its tidy white kitchen
and they make things that
take a long time to cook,
filling the room with
delicious smells.

When they first got together,
Dale could barely boil an egg,
but Kelly bought her a copy
of The Butch Cookbook
and taught her to cook.

Now Dale makes a pot
of Boston baked beans,
rich with salt pork
and zesty with pepper.

Kelly makes lesbian chicken,
which began as Lebanese chicken
until her little sister mispronounced it
and Kelly thought it was funny
and also thought that a teaspoon of lavender
would do something amazing to the marinade,
which turned out to be true.

The heart of the home is the kitchen,
survival needs wrapped in love,
silent fragrant messages that say
I want you to continue living.

Here they are not
Dale-the-policevet
and Kelly-the-Deaf-woman,
just two gals cooking for each other
in a kitchen older than both of them
put together, unspoken reminder
that life goes on.

* * *

Notes:

Explore The Butch Cookbook.

Boston architecture contains some fine Colonial buildings. A Colonial house has a concise, symmetrical style with a traditional kitchen.

Cooking together is a cozy part of family life that encourages love.

Lesbians have a colorful relationship with food. Lavender is a culinary herb, appearing in Lesbian Chicken and Lavender Chicken among other recipes.

Boston cooking is a subset of New England cuisine with dishes such as Boston baked beans.

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