The Spoon Rest

by Marjorie Thomsen

   to my daughter

It was the simple act of your 16-year-old self
putting the spoon on a spoon rest, a beauty of a spoon rest— 
blue with sagebrush green swirls, 
bought in Jerusalem long before you were born.
The spoon was still slathered with creamy 
peanut butter for the cookies you were baking
(you knew you couldn’t lick the spoon in these times). 
It was that one act of seeing you place the spoon 
to rest, to reside in something sturdy, clean, blue—made exclusively to hold it.
You sensed the spoon might be needed later for further stirring. 
That’s when I knew that if I died soon 
you would be okay. 
You had taken something of me into some place in you
sort of like a spoon to a spoon rest.

Marjorie Thomsen loves teaching others how to play with words and live more poetically in the world. She is the author of “Pretty Things Please” (Turning Point, 2016). Two poems from this collection were read on The Writer’s Almanac. One of Marjorie’s poems about hiking in a dress and high heels was made into a short animated film. She has been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. She is the recipient of poetry awards from the University of Iowa School of Social Work, Poetica Magazine, and others. Publications include Pangyrus, Rattle, SWWIM, and Tupelo Quarterly. Marjorie has been a Poet in Residence in schools throughout New England. She is a psychotherapist and instructor at Boston University’s School of Social Work. Stella Bellow is an illustrator currently attending Parsons School of Design in New York City.