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I love Christmas Pudding

Christmas Pudding

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse21 Aug 2013

You have to know a good recipe,
But also what can be added
And what can be left out;

You have to buy all the ingredients
And then go back
And buy the ones you’ve forgotten;

You have to mix thoroughly
With five hundred
Years of tradition

And unarticulated yearning
For lost childhood
And dead parents;

You have to steam it for eight hours
And forget it for two months,
Then heat it and set it alight

And watch blue flame dance
On its dome like a demon
On a cathedral roof;

Then you have to eat and eat and eat
Until all that’s left is the expectation
You’ll do it again next year.