Stir it Up
THE READING AFTER EATING OATMEAL WITH KAREN
"Be worthy of your food." Thich Nhat Hanh
Cutting a banana into Quaker Oats
as it boils, I place
a handful of frozen blueberries
into each of the empty bowls
and ask Karen if she'll stir
while I excuse myself, saying,
"That's my bowl on the left,
it has a few more berries."
When I return, Karen
has added some raisons,
"Is that OK? she asks,
adding, "We're out of brown sugar."
"We'll have enriched oatmeal,"
I say, reaching in the cupboard
for maple syrup. How could I
ever be worthy of Karen?
Remembering the oats and berries,
made half-dizzy by one spoonful
of this world's sweetness.
26 April 2017