Showing posts from November, 2020

For Remembrance

I wrote a poem for Remembrance Day based on Ecclesiastes 3 verses 1-8. You may know the original verses better as a famous Pete Seeger song.  First, here are the verses as they appear in the Old Testament. Following them is my own poem 'There is a Clock-Strike' Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (New International Version of the Bible) There is a time for everything,      and a season for every activity under the heavens: 2       a time to be born and a time to die,      a time to plant and a time to uproot, 3       a time to kill and a time to heal,      a time to tear down and a time to build, 4       a time to weep and a time to laugh,      a time to mourn and a time to dance, 5       a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,      a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, 6       a time to search and a time to give up,      a time to keep and a time to throw away, 7       a time to tear and a time to mend,      a time to be silent and a time to speak,

Evidence from your kitchen that you are not as young as you were

1. You remember when scrambled eggs were cooked in saucepans.  2. You're not alarmed by one of these.  3. You own a ceramic mixing bowl the size of a canyon.   4. You feel fleeting remorse over bought pastry. 5. To you, a large apron is something you wear for baking, not an overhanging belly.  6. You have a book in which you have written recipes. Some pages are stained with syrup or oil.  7. You do own a bendy silicone muffin tin but you're suspicious of it.  8. You have cinnamon sticks in a jar but have yet to google 'What to do with cinnamon sticks'.  9. You've claimed you had a spiraliser as a child but found you were wrong ....   10. You've had a favourite knife since 1993 and still use it even though you have new ones.  11. When you make crumbles, you always say, 'This is how we did it in Domestic Science.'  12. You know about not slamming an oven door when there's a Victoria sponge in there.  13. You measure in ounces and if the recipe uses