Heirloom

A piece made to last,
an iron frying pan.
A base cast in heat.
A handle tempered
and braised with skill,
joined in a union
of fire, black to dark
polished to a smooth finish.

A tool of cook and good wife
that hung on a hook
for years of use.
Cleaned and seasoned
once a week,

kept dry and free
of suds or soap.
Absorbing the history
of meat and fish,
mushrooms and onions.
Fed a family and more.
To hang now on a hook
inside my kitchen door.

– Dave Kavanagh.

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