|Today’s Food Poem by Raymond Carver uses gravy to describe feelings of gratitude, the extra sauce of life. Carver is such a master of little things and moments. Maybe it’ll add to your “gravy” today. Enjoy!
No other word will do. For that’s what it was. Gravy.
Gravy, these past ten years.
Alive, sober, working, loving and
being loved by a good woman. Eleven years
ago he was told he had six months to live
at the rate he was going. And he was going
nowhere but down. So he changed his ways
somehow. He quit drinking! And the rest?
After that it was all gravy, every minute
of it, up to and including when he was told about,
well, some things that were breaking down and
building up inside his head. “Don’t weep for me,”
he said to his friends. “I’m a lucky man.
I’ve had ten years longer than I or anyone
expected. Pure gravy. And don’t forget it.”
“Gravy” by Raymond Carver from All of Us. © Knopf, 1998. From the Writer’s Almanac today, July 25th, 2017.
Image from Food Network and Alton Brown’s Best Gravy Ever Recipe
4 thoughts on “Food Poem – Gravy by Raymond Carver”
Thanks for this Lisa- that is just what my Dad used to say after surviving the war- the rest of his life was all gravy.
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Sure puts things in perspective, doesn’t it. How amazing that your Dad, survived the war, remembered and lived his life like “gravy”.
I felt this way after having successful Open Heart Surgery. Every day is now pure gravy.
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Glad to hear the poem resonated with you. And, Congratulations on living everyday as pure gravy😊