kitchen rules

Only boil cold water
because hot water catches sediment in the pipes
she told me,

wanting her daughter to learn her way
around a kitchen.“Watch me cook,” she said frequently
although her idea of delicious food

and mine differed wildly.
I watched her bake chicken, stir mashed potatoes
and steam green beans right out of the bag.

The one dish she made with enough spice for my
budding tastes was a Caesar salad.
What an exotic dish it was.

“You have to balance the lemon with the garlic.
And only use the sweet part of the romaine lettuce leaves.
Cut out the bitter core.” And the scent of chopped garlic

& lemons filled our kitchen.
The taste climbed up
my tongue.

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