Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Poem: "Cooking from Old Scratch"

This is spillover from the December 3, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from rhodielady_47. This is the extra freebie thanks to new prompter a_r_williams and new donor [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron.

"Cooking from Old Scratch"

One day Old Scratch
was going about looking
for lost souls to tempt
when he heard muttering.

"What seems to be wrong?"
he said, pretending to be helpful.

"I've no wood for the oven,
and I was going to make muffins,"
said the girl who was not good at math.

"If you give me your soul, I will make
your oven forever hot without needing
any firewood," Old Scratch offered.

She snorted. "I need my soul.
I could give you muffins, though."

"For muffins the oven will only stay
hot while I touch it," Old Scratch said.

"Good enough," said the girl,
then began grumbling over
the big bowl of batter.

"Now what is wrong?"
Old Scratch demanded.

"Now I need to double the recipe,"
said the girl who was not good at math.

"Let me see," said Old Scratch. She
showed him the recipe, and he
did the math for her (because
he was quite good at that)
and soon they were done.

The muffins were delicious,
rich with brown flour and
sweet with bilberries.

"These are wonderful,"
Old Scratch said
with his mouth full.

He hadn't had anything
so good in a long time, and
much longer anything that
had been given to him.

"Everything tastes better
when you make it from scratch,"
the girl said, winking at him.
"I was going to bake pies
tomorrow, but I can't do that
and buy firewood too."

"Bake the pies,"
said Old Scratch,
"and I shall come
to touch the oven."

So they did.

And Old Scratch didn't
even notice that the girl
who was not good at math
had tempted him to be helpful
instead of being tempted
to go astray herself.
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