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A Beautiful Breakfast
Fredric Hildebrand


My grandmother's long fingers graceful,
knife shining in the morning light
as she spread butter on the thick,
warm sourdough. She could make
the most beautiful breakfast.

A coddled egg neatly cracked, steaming
in a cup. Salt. Pepper. Fresh-squeezed
orange juice in a tall glass like a cocktail.
Ripe raspberries in a bone-white bowl.
Folded linen napkins.

The kitchen glowed with her gentleness,
Southern stories. The food rich as cake
in my small mouth, her sweetness like candy.
Now, sometimes when a butter knife catches
the light, I am still filled with all of it decades later.

© by Fredric Hildebrand.
Used with the author's permission.

Fredric Hildebrand, a retired physician in Neenah, Wisconsin, is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Northern Portrait and A Glint of Light. When not writing or reading, he enjoys playing acoustic guitar and exploring the Northwoods with his wife and two Labrador retrievers.


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Lori Levy:
Beautiful tribute to your grandmother.
Posted 09/12/2021 02:33 PM
Just decadent! Wish we could all have this memory, but I shall savor yours, thank you!
Posted 09/12/2021 01:10 PM
Janet Leahy:
Oh, for more of the "folded linen napkins," I love the touches of elegance in this poem/
Posted 09/12/2021 12:41 PM
What a wonderful memory when the butter knife catches the light. Thank you.
Posted 09/12/2021 11:30 AM
Glen Sorestad:
A wonderful memory-poem to start the day. Thanks, Frederic!
Posted 09/12/2021 11:03 AM
A truly lovely poem. This is a 'keeper!
Posted 09/12/2021 11:02 AM
Yes, elegant as a gleaming butter knife.
Posted 09/12/2021 10:28 AM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
I love this delicious elegant poem. I can see the grandmother's long graceful fingers buttering the bread and taste the coddled egg, sourdough and fresh orange juice.
Posted 09/12/2021 09:25 AM
Larry Schug:
The detail of "when a butter knife catches the light' is what being present is all about. That little glint of light just explodes. Magnificent!
Posted 09/12/2021 08:20 AM
Great memories and poem celebrating them! Love the last line!
Posted 09/12/2021 05:57 AM

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