How To Tell Character By The Way He Butters Bread 2.15.2015

How To Tell Character By The Way He Butters Bread

 

Well, he makes you toast –

A plus!

He puts it on a tray and carries it upstairs.

He stands there, tray in hand:

Hot coffee, napkin, buttered toast,

And you’re grateful. He’s the most!

He’s climbed twelve steps to do it!

Made a pot of coffee just for you.

Knows you like it strong au lait.

You are a princess and you know it!

Yet and but and nonetheless,

Despite the wish that you be pleased

His innermost programming as the man he is

Creeps in, seeps out:

He butters only in the center!

Always in the center, whether

It is melted cheese, peanut butter,

Honey, jam or egg –

Which topping when –

The spread is never spread.

Never quite spread on the bread.

Sitting rather, in the middle

Communicating with itself.

Forced to fiddle with the target

Without knife as aid

I finger it until it’s spread

Around the bread

In perfect distribution.

 

How To Tell Character By The Way He Butters Bread 2.25.2015

A Sense Of The Ridiculous; Love Relationships II;

Arlene Corwin

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