February 6, 2014

Chef



 "You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. "You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. 
- Matthew 5:13-16
 

There is white onion chopping to be done and crying with it
and juliennes of jicama to slice and a slip and a cut and
the vinaigrette must be whisked and emulsified and tested
balancing of sweet and vinegar to please the palate
the steak is seared in the black iron pan and peppered
the potatoes roasted in rosemary and garlic browned

then the chef does his effortless enchanted toss with salt
delights the soul and its tongue with its sea water origins
taking us back to our aboriginal emergence from ocean deep
when salt is what we swam in and breathed and sang out
so much us that we didn’t know or taste it until we left it
and licked the crystallized minerals on our skin in memory

so it is with God and each other and love we walked away from
and the culinary art of the spirit that Jesus cooked up among us
now with generous offering we are salted and relished
and offer a taste of love in a bland and hungry world
needing a mere amuse-bouche of the holy we are swimming in

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