To Pamela

With Love, Paul

Sydney Duke Richey
Feb 13, 2020 · 2 min read
Photo taken by author

The dust jacket was torn and tattered. It was years before I noticed the hidden inscription, neatly written on that fragile paper.

To Pamela
Recognizing twenty five years
of birthdays
but really celebrating five months
of aphrodisia.
Recipes to be tested with propriety and,
if not in my company, alone.

With love, Paul
May 24, 1973

for years the cookbook
sat on a shelf
resting alongside
photo albums and books

I had opened it
a time or two
(or three…)

the erotic artwork
on its pages was
beautifully drawn

and left little
to the imagination

“Aphrodisiac Cookery”

the title had caught my eye
as it lay on a table
crowded with books

25¢ each

a broken tricycle
a food dehydrator
tarps with clothes piled high

it was an uninteresting yard sale
one that could have easily been a
“drive-by”

except for the two card tables
two card tables
with books stacked high

25¢ each

even before opening it
I knew I would have paid
a dollar or more for
a book with the title

“Aphrodisiac Cookery”

and now all these years later
after finding the inscription
this book is priceless
to me

many times I had thought of
putting it in the Goodwill box

I know now I never will
I know now I never will

Photo taken by the author

Words of love
and passion

dreams of the future

inscribed on the
dust cover

then gone unnoticed
for years

lovers celebrating
a 25th birthday

celebrating
5 months together

aphrodisia

I often wonder
about Pamela
and Paul

had love grown?

or had love faded?

I don’t know
I’ll never know

Sydney Duke Richey writes from the heart. Inspired by everyday experiences, her poems, haiku and creative non-fiction come from a slice of her life.
Sydney lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband. She has two children and one grandchild. You can follow her on
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