By Larry Chamberlin, 05 April 2012
I cook with a plain wooden spoon
that has faint colors
in circular patterns faded
around it's handle.
There's nothing unique about it
but I would not consider
cooking any soup or stew
without this utensil.
It was a gift, a silly thing,
made by my child in second grade,
not meant for anything special
once brightly colored in vegetable dyes.
First used the evening she gave it to me
she left the table raving
how tasty the food became since
her spoon helped to cook.
Brilliant dyes have long ago faded,
yet it has an essential place
in the preparation of every dish
that calls for a stirring of love.