I took up the challenge this year to make a blog post every day. At first, it sounded like an easy task, but I soon discovered it more challenging than I ever imagined. For part of the year-long adventure, I explored different styles of poetry. I decided to revisit many of these styles in November. NaNoWriMo takes up most of my time during this month. Plus, the weather turns cold, making it hard to go on an adventure unless Rooster and I decide to visit our baby chick in New York City. Sometimes I get a hunger for the road. Christmas is right around the corner. I wrote this poem because this is the time of year when I like to snuggle in bed where it is warm. I call it Comfort Food.
My mac and cheese and depression baked beans,
Go together like Lennon and McCartney
Together they bring something to every feast
There is something in our collective genes
Maybe the acquired taste is filled with blarney.
I heard my grandmother made them for the parish priest
She baked them so many years ago
Covered in brown sugar and butter
There is no way we can really know
The history of the dish makes me shutter.
My daughters want the recipe
But that wasn’t how it was passed down to me.
It was delivered in code
Measurements of pinches and pats
Women’s secrets passed through centuries
You simply add a little of this and a little tad of that
Creative cooking in a hot kitchen
I wouldn’t know how to start
To write down the amount of this and that
I always try to mention
You have the ingredients inside your heart.
Who is Molly Shea?
Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh. To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.
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