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Desire Under the Cheese Grater
Marilyn Annucci


Open the kitchen draweró
I want to be idle as a tea ball. I want to lie
beside the wooden spoon, the carrot
peeler, the five plastic cups that fit one
inside the other: tidy travelers to the counter.
I want to be reckless as measuring spoonsó
to fling my big, smaller, small heads back,
dream of ginger, of cinnamon,
sprawl akimbo on the tack paper.
I want to be called dramatic by the corn cob holders,
poor things, how they can only jab and stick;
so what if I want to be picked up.
Let me be. The way butter becomes a yellow river,
a place for the garlic to shout and moan;
how the onions give over to shine and sigh,
I want to be turned over and over
in competent kitchen hands.
I want to be surprised.
I want to grow shy as an egg poacher.

From Luck (Parallel Press 2000)
Used with the author's permission.

Marilyn Annucci, originally from Massachusetts, is now a professor at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. Author of several award-winning books, her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Marilyn enjoys long walks, cooking, and photography. Learn more about her at




Post New Comment:
Fling your big, smaller, small heads back and sprawl akimbo--yes! Give your all to that passion! What fun.
Posted 03/14/2015 10:25 PM
Gilbert Allen:
Lively and imaginative. Well done!
Posted 03/12/2015 09:24 AM
Oh what a wonderful poem. One of my favorites, Marilyn.
Posted 03/12/2015 09:13 AM
Magic in the competent words and mind of Marilyn!
Posted 03/12/2015 09:02 AM
I loved it!
Posted 03/12/2015 02:26 AM

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