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    From a chip of wood
    Seashell or horn to cup
    And savour liquid nourishment but first
    The stone honed razor-sharp
    To cut across sinew and bone
    And protect the hearth

    In the 11th Century
    The Italian nobleman Domenic Selvo
    Married a Greek princess
    Who perhaps as part of her dowry
    Brought with her a small pronged instrument
    To capture food close at hand

    The addition of the fork
    To the eating regime was deemed
    Scandalous and heretic
    Just like the early hominids who came
    Down from the trees
    To practice bipedalism


  • #2
    With the Devil in your hand
    you may eat the sweet viand
    and sup the wine that dribbles from the cup
    but when you've had your finest dine
    the question comes to mind
    who is it gets to do
    the washing up?

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