A Man in the Kitchen – A Poem

A Man in the Kitchen

Man in kitchen

A Man in the Kitchen

I told my wife to stay in bed,

and have a restful day.

I’d make her breakfast on my own

in my unique and special way.


Poached eggs and bacon are the go,

I’ve cooked this meal before.

Boil some water in a pan,

add vinegar, less is more.


Then crack the eggs into the pan,

and put bacon on to grill.

The technique’s very easy,

it’s the timing that takes skill.


I need to get those egg whites firm

but let the yolk stay runny,

make sure the bacon gently crisps.

then I’ll be on the money.


Throw some tomato on the grill,

sprinkle it with sugar.

I’d add some caviar if I could

but my pantry lacks Beluga.


A few button mushrooms fried in butter,

and bread into the toaster,

then a cup of tea with lemon

is placed onto a coaster.


Now, if I’ve synchronized it well

all will be cooked to perfection,

and when I serve it to my love

it will exceed her expectations.


Of course, the dog will want a taste,
so, there’s a little on the side.
Then I’ll cook more for myself,
the husband of the bride.


© John Hansen 2022


“My mother’s menu consisted of two choices. Take It! or Leave It!”

`Buddy Hackett


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Longtime poet but not in the traditional technical sense. I enjoy rhyme but like to experiment and dabble in many different forms and maybe even make up some of my own. There is always a message or lesson I want to promote through my writing, for that reason, my poetry generally shies away from the abstract and obscure. After a lot of procrastinating I have finally self-published my first eBook of poetry "I Laughed a Smile" at Lulu.com. Now I find myself branching out and experimenting with short fiction. I have also been fortunate to have two poems chosen to be made into songs and recorded. The first "On the Road to Kingdom Come" by Al Wordlaw, and the second, "If I Could Write a Love Poem" by award-winning Israeli/British singer Tally Koren. I am also finding my services increasingly in demand as a freelance writer and I have ghost-written the text for a number of children's books and educational tutorials. It has taken me many years of searching and restlessness to realise that my life's passion is to write. It saddens me that I wasted so many years not devoting to that, but thinking positively, the experiences gained over those years are now wonderful material for my stories and poems. I want to try to bring a new focus on poetry and try to make it appealing to a new generation of young people and those who thought they never liked or understood it before.

8 thoughts on “A Man in the Kitchen – A Poem

  • May 5, 2023 at 4:01 PM

    I love it! I thought you would cook up your famous scrambled eggs – but poached eggs are good. What a lucky lady to receive such a wonderful breakfast in bed. Well done on the rhythm and rhyme, John.

  • May 5, 2023 at 4:14 PM

    Hello Phyllis, yes it is usually a choice between scrambled and poached but on this occasion poached won.
    Glad you liked the rhythm and rhyme of the poem too. Great to get your comment as always.

  • May 15, 2023 at 11:56 AM

    I love it John. Mother’s Day mornings I would always cook a Fritata and some breakfast potatoes. Jamie

    • May 15, 2023 at 3:54 PM

      Thank you Jamie. That sounds great. I think I’ll come ti your place just for Mother’s Day breakfast.

  • May 20, 2023 at 7:54 AM

    Ooh the food sounds amazing John, just like the poetry. Great work

  • May 26, 2023 at 10:13 AM

    I need to make my way to your place for breakfast – great rhymes and a splendid topic to write about

  • May 26, 2023 at 1:53 PM

    Thank you, for reading and your generous comment, Ralph. Yes, drop in any time for brekky.


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