I want to be a woman who bakes beautiful
towering cakes, like Marie Antoinette’s hair,
burying my face in SwansDown Flour—
can’t you smell the angel’s hands who sifted this?

Bring me baker’s tools! Sensuous,
heart-shaped pans, doilied
trays, pink egg beaters
for a tongue.

My lover left me for a fat woman and
God help me, I understand why.

Come closer, lick a tarnished spoon
before it all melts away,
like Madame’s hair.


Image Credit:Muhammad Ashiq
Trish has poems published or forthcoming in Right Hand Pointing, Blast Furnace Press, Off the Coast, Eunoia, Fat Damsel, the late Seattle Poetry Review and others. She divides her time between Seattle and Hawaii. Right Hand Pointing will publish a chapbook of her short poems in December 2017.

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