Cast Iron Skillet

By Sarah Henry

A TV cook says,
“If you don’t have
a cast iron skillet,
you have no life!”
He waves his own
to warn the viewers.

Mine is used for
baking cornbread.
Southern style lacks
sugar. A new type
has added protein.
Another’s made
sweet with honey.
I want all three.

I love the wet
blend of eggs
and cornmeal
sliding through
my mouth easily.
Guilty pleasures
mean carb bombs,
not Keto fare.

My life proceeds
as I gamely pour
batter in the pan
and turn on heat.
I insert the skillet
and stand waiting
for the cornbread
treat to bake to
perfect doneness.

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