spacious grace

 

our farmhouse kitchen,
my flavored hub in the
noisy business of life

antique desk, (un)sorted mail
dishwasher hum, recipes, books
lists of vegetables, partial poems

big table, oak with leaves,
stands center stage; set for
family feast and circle of prayer

guests welcomed into our
mess, pull up a sticky chair
where happy grandchild sat

they’ve all gone outside
to play, or work in the sun;
a lull until the next meal.


This poem, linked to dVerse poetics, incorporates a line (italic) from “Burning the Old Year”, a poem by Naoi Shihab Nye.

13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. katiemiafrederick
    Mar 22, 2016 @ 13:01:03

    Family of liFe
    seated at
    a meal
    of survival..
    but without
    Love there
    is no kitchen
    of human
    cooperation
    aT aLL..
    Love
    the
    Food of Life..
    and hi Lynn..
    comfortable
    seeing
    you
    here
    at the
    end for now..:)

    Reply

  2. Victoria C. Slotto
    Mar 10, 2016 @ 18:01:29

    Such a wonderful sense of home. Wonderful details.

    Reply

  3. MarinaSofia
    Mar 10, 2016 @ 09:11:54

    Not sure the guest would want to sit in the sticky chair, but it’s most definitely a part of family life! Sprawling, happy, gracious – a generous poem.

    Reply

  4. Grace
    Mar 10, 2016 @ 07:07:36

    A spacious hub to share the love of family ~ Beautiful Lynn ~

    Reply

  5. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Mar 09, 2016 @ 23:35:18

    Such a joyful chaos… Or maybe a quiet moment inbetween

    Reply

  6. Linda Kruschke
    Mar 09, 2016 @ 23:14:50

    What a lovely glimpse into your dining room!

    Reply

  7. Mary
    Mar 09, 2016 @ 21:17:56

    Yes, there is something about a kitchen, isn’t there? A kitchen so often is the hub of family life…you described it so well.

    Reply

  8. Gabriella
    Mar 09, 2016 @ 21:09:12

    We are there with you, Lynn. Great evocative description of that farm kitchen!

    Reply

  9. angieinspired
    Mar 09, 2016 @ 19:56:41

    I’m enamored with your sticky chair:)

    Reply

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