Wooden Spoon

by Larry Chamberlin   Apr 5, 2012

I cook with a plain wooden spoon
that has faint colors
in circular patterns faded
around it's handle.

There's nothing unique about it
but I would not consider
cooking any soup or stew
without this utensil.

It was a gift, a silly thing,
made by my child in second grade,
not meant for anything special
once brightly colored in vegetable dyes.

First used the evening she gave it to me
she left the table raving
how tasty the food became since
her spoon helped to cook.

Brilliant dyes have long ago faded,
yet it has an essential place
in the preparation of every dish
that calls for a stirring of love.


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  • 8 months ago

    by Karen Montegrande

    Love can been expressed in so many ways but this one is the most unique and the most honest one.

  • 6 years ago

    by Maple Tree

    This poem grabbed my heart and allowed me to feel the beauty and unconditional love a parent has for a child. This poem left me teary and made my heart feel warm and fuzzy-
    Loved the Metaphor!!!

    Title: The title is perfect- This is the heart of the poem and it drew me in-

    First stanza: Excellent description of the wooden spoon. Allowing me to see this spoon that the author writes of... A great start to this piece-

    Second Stanza: I find it interesting how the author says "nothing unique" because this allows the reader to know, that its priceless and a special spoon.

    Third Stanza: Ok now I cried- When a child makes something for their parents- Its worth more than gold!!!! And I could actually visualize the child handing the parent that precious spoon, with smiles on both of their faces- Love this stanza!!

    Fourth Stanza: Oh be still my heart! Children are precious! And I could see the radiance within this stanza- the excitement of the parent using the spoon for the first time!!! So so so cute- I adored this stanza-

    Fifth Stanza: That spoon is far more than a spoon and the author explains that in his closing stanza and as I read this, I had tears of joy streaming down my face-

    Ending Comment: There is nothing more special or priceless than a child's love and the author captivated me with this poetic display of beauty. That spoon is a gift that not only touched the heart of the author but now for all of us who read this wonderful poem!! -Well done Larry Chamberlin the Godfather

  • 6 years ago

    by Larry Chamberlin

    @ KIKO: Brutally honest as always.

  • 6 years ago

    by White Orchid

    I loved this poem! It is so wonderful how something so small that could mean nothing to everyone else but mean the world to you. I loved how descriptive it was and how you showed a lot of feeling through an object because of its importance to you. I had to read this because the title jumps out at you, nice job.

  • 6 years ago

    by Melpomene


    It's amazing what little things make life so special. This piece is simple with love and that to me is what family is about. Family can have complexity and yet at the end of the day you strip it back and you find this pure simple ball of love and this poem represents that beautifully.

    This poem reminded me of that little saying about cooking with love and I guess that's what gives your cooking just that splash more of it, the idea of a soup or stew is so hearty and It really depicts the depth of love you have.

    I don't have much to say in regards to how the poem was written, I didn't find an error but rather a lot of emotion that can only be described as gorgeous. I grew up without really having a father in my life and for me to read a poem where a father is happy to keep his daughter smiling by using her "silly" wooden spoon, well that touched the heart.