kitchen dance

STAY OUT OF MY KITCHEN WHEN I’m COOKING!!!!
how hard is that? how damn hard is that to remember?
not hard
not hard at all!!
this isn’t about memory
this is about will.
out out OUT!!
give me my 10 square feet
I have a dance, a rhythm, a sequence
sea salt, honeyt, lemon, vinegar
cracked and cayenne pepper, herbs, oils
you’re messing me up here.
it’s not a damn exact recipe Mr. Engineer
it’s like painting
I don’t know the mix
I sneak up on it
no I don’t know the exact amounts
I don’t wanna talk about measurements
I use my fingers
I pinch stuff
add a little and taste
make adjustments
tweak a little,
a higher note
needs a stronger base
more kick
end with a zest
and just the right amount of sweetness.
until
THAT’S IT PERFECT!
seasoned to a T
you love to eat
I love to cook
you know I can cook my ass off
stay the FUCK out of my orbit when I am working here.
food is love.
but son of a bitch
now I’m the crabby culinary bitch
that’s russling up the grub.
oh extra fanfricking fuckalooey
while I’m busy yelling at you
the food is burning.
damn.
arghhhh.

. . . . . . . .

and another thing
I waved the spatula,
no heavy conversations at the table
a blessing
a savoring in peace
for digestion
civility at the table
hold ALL tragedies
don’t you have anything pleasant to talk about?
he starts to grin
shut up I know I know
but really
I mean it
all sorrows can wait for 20 min.
the news stories can wait
can you explain the inner workings of the tumblers of
the lock later Professor?
how bout you just oil it
and skip the seminar?
get it?
Now I have made an huge ass of myself.
I glare at him as I untied my apron.
for a moment he held my gaze
no angry retort
the man just quietly held
and then from his mouth
with forceful precison
HUA!
what???
HUA!
military expression
it means
heard
understood
answered.

. . . . .

a smile cracked the tension

and I went from slugging him to hugging him.

and thus the storm was over
and humor restored peace to the kitchen.
round one
it’s a draw.

yvb 2011

kitchen dance

evon ski

Joined June 2009

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