My Life

For the Midweek Motif at Poets United – Hobby. Magally is steering the boat this week while Susan is away.

My Life

“The only insult I’ve ever received in my adult life was when someone asked me, “Do you have a hobby?” A HOBBY?! DO I LOOK LIKE A FUCKING DABBLER?!” ― John Waters, Role Models

“Cooking is a craft, I like to think … a good cook is a craftsman—not an artist. There’s nothing wrong with that… Practicing your craft in expert fashion is noble, honorable and satisfying.”  – Anthony Bourdain

flipping the thick pat of butter
into the well seasoned omelet pan
I swirl it around until the pan is well coated.
slowly I pour the beaten eggs into the pan and wait
for the edges to bubble.
Using the silicone spatula I lift the edges of the eggs
and let more leak underneath.
I continue to do this until the eggs are almost done.
sprinkling the finely chopped herbs and a bit of cheese
over the eggs, I flip the circle in half
and slide the omelet out onto the plate.
I sprinkle a few more chopped herbs, finish with fine sea salt.
The omelet is pale golden and leaking melted cheese.
It is perfection.
A few slices of tomato, a slice of pale toast spread with butter and honey –
Cooking is my life, my “hobby”.
The herbs come from another “hobby” and
honey and tomatoes from two more.
This poem represents another “hobby”.
All of these “hobbies” represent my life,
what makes me – me.
My life is knit with these “hobbies”,
knit so tightly you cannot push a needle through.

12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Magaly Guerrero
    Jul 31, 2019 @ 12:22:39

    First, the first quote made me roar. And then, what a delicious prompt–the scent of the omelet, the way it sizzles in waiting, the way it conjures up picture of gardening and living (and everything we are). Thank you for adding quotes to “hobby”, for getting it, for adding to it, for holding it so tightly that nothing can pierce it.


  2. oldegg
    Jul 31, 2019 @ 22:01:36

    Hobbies are quite important for a person to unwind and relax from the worries of work, marriage, teenagers and stress. I have excluded money and or debt as they can be quite expensive!


  3. gillena cox
    Aug 01, 2019 @ 01:03:44

    Absolutely luv this mouth watering poem
    Best Wishes with all of your hobbies.
    Thanks for dropping by to read mine



  4. Sumana Roy
    Aug 01, 2019 @ 02:32:27

    A delicious poem indeed! Love the photo & this close knit life too but a bit scared of ” the thick pat of butter”.


  5. kim881
    Aug 01, 2019 @ 02:36:40

    The first quote made me chuckle and I agree with the Anthony Bourdain one. I enjoyed making an omelette with you, Toni; although I’ve just had breakfast, my mouth watered when I read ‘The omelet is pale golden and leaking melted cheese. It is perfection.’ I love the final lines.


  6. Charmed Chaos
    Aug 01, 2019 @ 11:10:09

    Toni, this made my mouth water with anticipation. I’m going to have to make myself an omelette this morning! I love your sarcastic wit here to, and of course the Bourdain quote.


  7. magicalmysticalteacher
    Aug 01, 2019 @ 11:13:27

    The quote at the beginning gave me a good belly laugh. What a great way to start my day! 🙂


  8. sanaarizvi
    Aug 01, 2019 @ 11:33:45

    What a most delicious and soul-satisfying poem, Toni!! ❤️ I love; “A few slices of tomato, a slice of pale toast spread with butter and honey – Cooking is my life, my “hobby”. 😀

    PS: Sorry for being late .. new job .. completely swamped these days 🙂


  9. susanstoo
    Aug 03, 2019 @ 02:04:40

    Yum! And I love the last image. I can picture a life like that.


  10. purplepeninportland
    Aug 04, 2019 @ 14:07:19



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