Consecrate the wholesome noodles

With sacred red, meaty sauce.

Paint on the ricotta

With oily fingers and light strokes.

Gather up the cheeses

And sprinkle until delicately covered.

Do this again

By the power of three.

Cover with the shininess of foil

And cook in the hallowed hearth.

The cheese melts into warmth

While the noodles hold firm.

For a little while remove the foil

And let the top brown in delight.

Let settle for a few moments,

Hot and bubbling with goodness.

Serve to kind hearts

In preparation for gratitude.


© 2017 Valerie Hathaway

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