“people weather over the course of their lives . . .” Eva Meijer

when I got my new
carbon steel skillets
they came pre-seasoned
but without the scars

a patina will
develop with use
the leaflet explained
they will show their age

like a copper pipe
or a bronze statue
the lichen on stone
weathered not rusted

I look at myself
layers of living
on my face my hands
I’m in there somewhere

dinner is over
at least for tonight
the kitchen is clean
the pans put away

we can lay today
on top of the rest
that preceded it
layer on layer

the skillets look used
say the same for me
like it’s a good thing
we are aging well



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