Exactly enough time in a pot
of boiling, salted water
brings a good noodle to a simple
balance between flexible and firm.
Perfected pasta will pause for thought while you pour the sauce
so you can swallow its untoughened texture and enjoy just the flavors
you were craving in the first place.
Too much time turns thinning spaghetti strings
too soft to taste, and nothing can be unboiled.
But I am not there yet, I don’t think I ever really started
cooking. If you throw me against the wall, I won’t stick,