The Spoon Stands Alone

by lyzpfister

A fork is just a spoon with holes.  How primitive, a set of little spears, to prod, poke, pierce, and rent.  Where is the elegance of the spoon’s soft curve, the spoon’s caress of a pumpkin soup, its languid dive into pudding, the easy crunch with which it drops onto the caramel hat of a crème brulé.  A fork is crude, a tine nothing more than a galvanized toothpick.  Give me the heft of a spoon’s curved bowl cradled in the hand’s palm, the sensuous glide of the tongue beneath its cambered base, the upper lip’s sweep into the lightly sloping dip.  How lovely, a piled stack of peas, pearls of tapioca suspended in pale pudding, a melting marble of ice cream lifted easily to the mouth in the safety of the spoon’s arms.  A steak, you say?  What good is a spoon for a steak?  None whatsoever, but for that I have my fingers.  What is a fork, after all, but a bourgeois approximation of a hand?  As if the hand were too delicate to grasp a breaded pork chop or a broccoli floret, as if the teeth weren’t meant to bite through veal or a tender medallion of filet mignon.  There is that crassness in a fork, a pretention that one shouldn’t feel the food one eats, a pizza must be prod and cut before it can be chewed, a tomato surgically sliced.  A fork is redundant as is a knife, but a spoon – a spoon extends the hand as if the palm were mirrored past the fingers.  How painstaking it would be to lap milk from a bowl of cereal or eat yogurt one finger’s sweep at a time.  A fork and knife are just reductions of what we already have; the spoon completes the hand.

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