"I have this theory that chocolate slows down the aging process. It may not be true, but why take the chance?" ~ Anonymous
Before I read today’s poem, I had never associated Chekhov with chocolate.
Cherries, maybe, even oysters or seagulls. But not chocolate.
Still, this narrative poem by Louis Simpson, based on a real-life incident, has increased my admiration for Chekhov considerably, assuring me that if I had been one of his guests, honored to be in his presence yet intimidated by his genius, I would have happily shared my own chocolate legacy. But more on that in a bit.