Thursday, April 20, 2017

Morsels--By Mary Ricketson--United States


Today my fear comes
in a covered dish
disguised with herbs and spices,
made palatable by bits of beef
braised in burgundy,
best features forward.

Starting to love this fear,
I name it Respect,
Sprinkle with safety, trust, and hope’
place the casserole in a slow oven.

Fine cuisine, seasoned and cured,
quiets less welcome morsels
of shame and humility.
Integrity rises, meringues the surface,
tempts taste buds past tradition.

As a therapist, Mary Ricketson works with people with all kinds of feelings.  She helps them integrate the wonderful and the painful to somehow make a life that works and thrives.  This poem reflects how Mary finds creative ways to help others.


  1. Dear Mary,
    First time I've experienced a fear you can love
    but it read as deisous, so was so tempting
    to try out. To me, great writing.

  2. Hello Mary,
    I'm moved by this unique poem as it opens up a kind heart that loves people.
    Thank you,

  3. Thanks for sharing this lovely poem.