Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Poem: "Like Oil to a Lamp"

This poem came out of the April 18, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from DW user Serpentine.  It also fills the "party" square in my 11-1-16 card for the Fall Festival Bingo.  This poem has been sponsored by DW user Technoshaman.  It belongs to the series Clay of Life.

Like Oil to a Lamp


A guest comes
     wandering, to the house
     hungry, to the table.

A host comes
     happily, to the door
     generously, to the diners.

The soup is poured
     cold red borscht and
     hot chicken-feet broth.

The sides are served
     kreplach filled with potato
     and kugel made with carrots.

The fish is brought
     smooth salty lox and
     sweetened gefilte fish.

The meat is sliced
     corned beef brisket
     and pickled tongue.

The sweet bread is put out
     babka full of cinnamon and
     bialys full of poppy seeds.

Guest and host are
     grateful for the food
     thankful for the company.

These truths are known
     food to a man is like oil to a lamp.
     companionship to a soul is like water to a garden.

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Notes:

"Food to a man is like oil to a lamp."
-- Yehuda Ben Harosh

Jewish poetry includes a variety of forms.  This one uses parallels.

Jewish food features many everyday and holiday delights of kosher cooking.  Enjoy recipes for borscht, chicken-feet soup, kreplach, carrot kugel, lox, gefilte fish, corned beef brisket, pickled tongue, cinnamon babka, and bialys.
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