Unforgiven

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The prince begged the king for

forgiveness

the battle was lost from the start

 

The king kept silent for a long time

then, with a sign, he dismissed him

 

And yet, the prince’s eyes looked

puzzled

when his head rolled down the stairs.

 

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A Recipe For Happiness

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Β©TD2016

Take a bowl of strawberries
put it into the freezer
wait one hour
take it out

Gently place one strawberry
in your mouth
for three seconds
roll it in sugar

Put it back in your mouth
arrest
the luscious moment.

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My best friend Katrin Denkwitz and I had a ritual. Every time I would sleep over at hers, we’d patiently wait under our blankets until her parents were asleep, then sneak to the freezer and take out a bag of strawberries.
Katrin taught me the important lesson of how to gently defrost each strawberry in the mouth before coating them in sugar. Then we would look at each other from opposite armchairs and grin lopsidedly through numb mouths.

Later in my twenties and already living in London, I came across a line in Leonard Cohen’s book The Favourite Game, ‘She had a treat for him, frozen strawberries.’ I thought to myself, I know exactly what you mean, and in that moment divergent lines from the past and present connected in consoling ways.

frozen

 

And if this wet your appetite, here is a Recipe For Love...