is not
– straight edges
– symmetrical circles
– right angles
– sparkling silver

Though there is a time and place for them, too

is when
you don’t notice
– how straight a line is
– how round a circle is
– how eight minutes pass in 480 seconds
– green bits in your teeth till later
– that you haven’t slept since 4 in the morning

Because you are too busy being happy

The sort of happy that stays with you for hours, not minutes
and is not tied to things or places

Maybe just to people, the way they laugh, the way their eyes are kind and deep

Maybe just to the memory of that meal – the way the food made its way past your senses and into your soul, and made you feel


Maybe just to the crazy feeling that your toes are giggling, laughing to themselves under the table

be adequately spun into words
or learned
or taught
or practised

Only recognised.

Pictured: salmon, ricotta and spinach ravioli with tomatoes; pork saltimbocca with roasted vegetables; tiramisu – thank you Ms Gudrun for cooking such a beautiful meal for us and for hosting a perfect evening!


19 responses to “Perfection

  1. This looks like a fabulous meal! (I’m particularly enthralled with the ravioli.) And I loved the whole post – perfection. ;)

  2. Is that homemade ravioli? It looks amazing. Great comfort food.

  3. Wise words :-).


  4. Oh I know that kind of happy! You got it just right! You Said it all and look at that lovely light shining on your gorgeous dinner! c

  5. I love the way you think. And I love that your words and your photos are REAL. Very inspiring.

  6. Hi Mel, May is free for Sweet NZ, please leave me a message in the comments’ thread on my blog to confirm and I will upload your link.


    my daughter likes your banner :-)

  7. I enjoyed so much… your writing and your food photographs are amazing. The first one is very similar with our traditional Mantı (Turkish ravoli :) ) Thank you, with my love, nia

  8. Gorgeous gorgeous post Mel. You are such a talented writer. Had me smiling and nodding the whole time. Love muchly. xox

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