Kendall Merriam: Christos Voskres

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 8:15pm

For the Chef and Staff of the Hartstone Inn

Can I write this

so full of Kobe beef

fed Kirin beer and caressed

to the ultimate tenderness

it is no sin after the stone

is rolled away

pre-plague we hosted 9

from Russia, India, Brazil

and St. George

lamb and chicken

Aana’s New Delhi dishes

kids with toys  

what a lot of noisy fun

now so many moved on 

to North Carolina

to Heaven

the Inn is advertising for help

if I weren’t bound to a walker

I would apply

like I did at the Paramount

when I was sixteen

as third assistant cook

at least today

I could wash a dish or two

I wouldn’t be ashamed

the restaurant is so good

it would be a privilege

to keep the plates, silverware

gleaming and shiny

since our limited celebration

will allow one guest

Inna from Russia 

is coming for dessert

and you packed four

why we don’t know 

but with Prince of Wales

or Lapsong Souchong

will make their loveliness 

go down easy

with the stone rolled away


Kendall Merriam, Home, 4/4/2021 2:05 PM