Made With Love – Poem of the Month – October 2022

Made With Love

I pull the faded recipe card
from the tin stored in
its usual place in the pantry 
It is old now and dog-eared
The handwritten words
Faded over time 
No need to read it
Having made this twice a year
Every year since forever
Over time adjustments made
A little more of this
And maybe a little less of that
Sensing the amounts
without measure needed
Layers of love and
the essence of you
folded in and stirred
The smell of it cooking
and the taste evoking
precious memories
of years gone by
Lovingly made for you
This became your favorite dish
from a little boy to a grown man
Even when you moved away
with your family for seven years
you would ask me
to make it and bring it to you
for the holidays
It is food comforting the both of us

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Sarah from Sarahsouthwest hosted Tuesday Poetics at D'Verse Poets
and has prompted us with 'Food'

Word Prompt Essence - FOWC

  19 comments for “Made With Love – Poem of the Month – October 2022

  1. January 23, 2022 at 10:50 pm

    Oh, this takes me down memory lane. A good friend of mine gave me one of these recipe cards, bringing it out time after time takes me back to her and good fixin’s. Love the nostalgia of this piece, Christine!

    • Christine Bolton
      January 24, 2022 at 9:11 am

      Thank you Susi. I think many of us have something tucked away like that. It evokes wonderful memories when we look at it again. ☺️💕

      • January 24, 2022 at 1:20 pm

        You’re welcome, Christine! Indeed, plus I keep her picture on my dash in my car and on the bookshelf behind me. I keep her “presence” with me all day. <3

  2. sanaarizvi
    January 13, 2022 at 9:44 am

    This is beautifully done, Christine! I especially like; “Layers of love and the essence of you folded in and stirred.” 💝💝

    • Christine Bolton
      January 14, 2022 at 8:41 am

      Thanks Sanaa! I’m happy you liked it ☺️💕

  3. Ain
    January 12, 2022 at 10:35 pm

    Really like the sounds, the rhythm, and the story here, all three make this a wonderful, warm read..

    • Christine Bolton
      January 13, 2022 at 8:19 am

      Ain, thank you. Food nourishes soul as well as the heart and body. ☺️💕

  4. January 12, 2022 at 3:57 pm

    Some things are really necessary to have…

  5. January 12, 2022 at 1:25 pm

    kneaded by you
    for perfection

  6. January 12, 2022 at 10:52 am

    Layers of love and
    the essence of you
    folded in and stirred

    the absolute essence of this lovely poem. How nurturing, how warm, how generous it is.

    • Christine Bolton
      January 12, 2022 at 2:14 pm

      Thank you Sarah. I was responding to your comments about your family favorite dishes. I completely related to what you were saying. Sorry I was a little late in posting ☺️💕

  7. January 12, 2022 at 10:37 am

    Recently, my wife made our daughter’s favorite soup before traveling abroad for work. When I served it to her, I asked, “Do you know what special ingredient Mama put into your soup?” She couldn’t figure it out… But I clued her in 😀


    • Christine Bolton
      January 12, 2022 at 2:15 pm

      Ah how sweet that is David. Thanks for sharing your ‘love’ story ❤️

  8. January 12, 2022 at 10:29 am

    Reminds me of my grandmother’s rye bread. The last time she was over we asked her to make it. We watched and took notes. No measuring cups, just a few handfuls of flour, a bit of this and a pinch of that. Hers always came out the exactly the same, My mom, sister, and I have all made it, but it never quite makes the grade.

    • Christine Bolton
      January 12, 2022 at 2:17 pm

      What a lovely story that is Leon! Thanks for sharing. I remember my mother used to make these amazing dumplings for the stew. I can never replicate them. Food makes wonderful memories doesn’t it? ☺️💕

      • January 12, 2022 at 2:30 pm

        It does indeed.

  9. January 12, 2022 at 10:25 am

    Indeed, made with special love.

    • Christine Bolton
      January 12, 2022 at 2:17 pm

      Thanks Sadje. I’m sure you gave some stories too ☺️💕

      • January 12, 2022 at 8:49 pm

        You’re welcome! I’m not so sure they remember!

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