Meditation

Every time I cook with it,
the cast iron skillet
my grandma got me
(and told me
in no uncertain terms
how to care for)
makes me think of her.

And then the
meticulous
aftercare.

Rinsing it out
when necessary
(dear lord,
no soap),
heating and drying it,
applying a layer
of oil to protect it…

It’s already outlived
one of us,
and I’m doing my best
to make it
both of us.

I still love
our time together.

-GD Butler

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