My Folded Steel Beauty

I never thought
I could love a thing
As much as I love
My folded steel beauty.

I could stare at it for hours.
Admiring the swirling patterns
Of the Damascus steel blade.
Forged and pounded
By an expert
Japanese craftsman.

And using it.
Better than sex.

I understand now
Why chefs are so attached
To their knives.
And so possessive of them.
It’s not just
Another kitchen tool.

It’s a thing of beauty.
To be loved
And cherished
And used for a lifetime.
More faithful and reliable
Than most lovers are.