the refrigerator was full but there was no food
except for a few hard-boiled eggs, some yogurt,
a salad spinner full of spring mix.
and the shelves were dirty.
I started looking for expiration dates
on the three jars of pickles,
I never eat pickles, or the jalapeno jam,
the leftovers in the back, the olives stuffed with
he says he likes them
not enough to eat them though
black bean sauce, fish sauce, red and green curry
the aspiration of cooking was hidden back there
maybe hidden behind the tahini sauce
doesn't that spoil,
or the miso or coconut oil that has
congealed in the back for the last year
I know it's healthy.