Dad’s overseas because Grandma needs care;
Mom's alone in OC so I went down there.
What should we eat for our Christmas Eve dinner?
Something with spice is surely the winner
And mamma in her golf shirt said let’s go out
But the only thing open is Denny’s, no doubt.
When in front of the fridge there arose such a clatter
I asked my Mom, "Mom, what is the matter?"
"The fridge is empty, no leftovers to re-heat!"
She looked the freezer for something else to eat.
"Everything’s frozen like new-fallen snow
By the time it defrosts it’ll be tomorrow!"
When, what do my wondering eyes should see,
An enormous jar of overripe kimchee!
We rinsed the kimchee otherwise it’d be too hot.
We chopped it and added it to a large pot.
Others might make jji-gae with bacon or Spam;
It’s all about pork ribs in the Delicious fam.
Now, garlic! now, ginger! now, salt and black pepper!
On, scallions! on onions! on Korean red pepper!
Bring to a simmer, meat from the bones fall.
Now dash of soy! dash of soy! dash of soy all!