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Ellis Parker Butler - A Culinary Puzzle

In our dainty little kitchen,
Where my aproned wife is queen
Over all the tin-pan people,
In a realm exceeding clean,
Oft I like to loiter, watching
While she mixes things for tea;
And she tasks me, slyly smiling,
“Now just guess what this will be!”

Hidden in a big blue apron,
Her dimpled arms laid bare,
And the love-smiles coyly mingling
With a housewife’s frown of care—
See her beat a golden batter,
Pausing but to ask of me,
As she adds a bit of butter,
“Now just guess what this will be!”

Then I bravely do my duty,
Guess it, “pudding,” “cake” or “pie,”
“Dumplings,” “waffles,” “bread” or “muffins;”
But no matter what I try,
This provoking witch just answers:
“Never mind, just wait and see!
But I think you should be able,
Dear, to guess what this will be.”

Little fraud! she never tells me
Until ’tis baked and browned—
And I think I know the reason
For her secrecy profound—
She herself with all her fine airs
And her books on cookery,
Could not answer, should I ask her,
“Dearest, what will that mess be?”

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Poet: Ellis Parker Butler
Poem: A Culinary Puzzle
Volume: Truth
Year: Published/Written in 1900
Poem of the Day: Sep 29 2011

Comment 2 of 2, added on April 21st, 2012 at 11:52 AM.

I thought that the poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost was the best poem that we had to read. I liked how this poem used aemgiry to explain the story and how the context was very easy to follow along with. This poem also reminds me of this one time that I was lost in the woods and did not know where I was going. This poem also gets me pumped for the Christmas season and seeing snow on the ground.

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