Graduating From School

Graduating From School

She has been a brave warrior through University
battling to the Ph.D. post, life defined abstractly
with notes at her feats, awards, but no, no love notes
or pot roast with her mother’s paprika to share. What
she wonders, does a person of more studied tastes do
to make a love stew by the book,
like a noted cook

There is the analysis, and the
intellectual conjuring of the meaning of life
in the abstract; there’s

listing of the relevant literature, but yet
there is the craving for an intimacy
with a fellow who is mellow
and puts down the books to
meditate as if Love were
something not to extract or arrange
from an elegant Nobel Prize paper, but
something more subtle than a
salacious splash in the upper strata news. There is
an honesty of being where
the cravings make a recipe for a meal that
both can chop and cook together.

She has been a brave warrior through University
battling to the Ph.D. post, and now
she has conjured new ingredients and
the post-Doc is coming to dinner. Eureka!
Love is cooking.

— Douglas Gilbert

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5 thoughts on “Graduating From School

      1. I wanted to come back and comment some more…i was having a hard to focus type morning and it makes it hard to write anything (even a comment for your wonderful poem).
        I think it turned out perfectly. I like the word eureka, but you hardly ever hear it being used – i think this is the first poem i’ve ever read it in. I like the mellow fellow who meditates, actually that whole stanza was great, loved these lines: ‘There is
        an honesty of being where
        the cravings make a recipe for a meal that
        both can chop and cook together’
        And I like how you ended it with ‘Love is cooking’ – sounds steamy kind of makes me blush a little and i’m not really sure why. Although I do blush so easily…

      2.     Thanks. Doing things together is steamy, relaxing, exciting and warm. Eureka is Greek for “I have found it. ”
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eureka_%28word%29
        Eureka: …attributed to…Greek scholar Archimedes. He reportedly proclaimed “Eureka!” when he stepped into a bath and noticed that the water level rose—he suddenly understood that the volume of water displaced must be equal to the volume of the part of his body he had submerged… He then realized that the volume of irregular objects could be measured…He is said to have been so eager to share his discovery that he leapt out of his bathtub and ran through the streets of Syracuse naked.

  1. I never knew that’s exactly what Eureka meant. I like it even more now…i learn something new every day. Although, now i’m not even really sure what I thought it meant…i knew it was an excited proclaimation of sorts.
    (giggling) i like that he was so excited about the discovery that he didn’t even have time to put clothes on before running through the streets.

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