Saturday, September 2, 2006


Blanch one broken friendship

That’s been separated well in two.

Blend a real kind word

To start it anew.


Fold two hands together

And express a dash of sorrow.

Marinate it over night

And work on it tomorrow.


Chop one grudge in tiny pieces,

Add several cups of love.

Dredge with a large sized smile

Mix with the ingredients above.


Dissolve the hate within you

By doing a good deed.

Cut in and help your friend

If he should be in need.


Stir in laughter, love and kindness

From the heart it has to come.

Toss with genuine forgiveness

And give your neighbor some.


The amount of people served

Will depend upon you.

It can serve the whole wide world

If you really want it to.


Lucille Shamley.


From a cookbook put out by the Friends of the Hosanna Children’s Center Cookbook. A very small privately published cookbook that mom got about twenty odd years ago. It’s the kind of book that’s easy to tell the favorites. Just look for the pages with the most splatters and smudges.


tenyearnap said...

What a cool poem to include in a cookbook. I love regional fundraiser cookbooks.

toonguykc said...

As I get older, I find it much harder to stay mad at people.  It doesn't seem like I have the energy anymore.  Thanks for the poem, J.!!