Day 26

rose-floral and
dusty as the sun,
woody thorn-scratching for
arms and legs,
peppermint braces by,
fleetingly
sweeter than sugar,
chewy plum current
dusky jam on the nose,
wild blackberry honey

whisk three
tablespoons in
steamy milk
metal bowl held hot
double-boiling

pebbly-soft and cool
cradle the egg
against the fourth
finger, rest on the
first-joint callus
where the knife has rubbed
mincing
past herbs and garlic

push the thumb, leverage,
pull the pinky back,
and crack
the shell.

Let the egg slide
white-webbed fingers
leak, powder-slip
through,
balance the sac,
rolling,
let gravity pull
reveal the yolk

Do this three times.

mari-golden
embryonic star stuff
stir to mix

non-dominant hand,
balances ladle;
leading, the whisk
add milk, ketones
whispering,
to egg, in small amounts,
temper, temper,
don’t shock the proteins
the egg must not seize

accustomed,
pour the eggy milk
back
bright yellow
to blue-white warmed by dusk

whisk
skisk,skisk,skisk
circling
one way always
skisk,skisk,skisk
goes the whisk,
from the elbow, please
save the small joints

rivulets form
small trails emerge as the
skisk glides past
don’t stop, even as
the double-boiler steam
sears forearm skin

lift whisk
is the path clear?
do you see the path
the skisk carved?

quick!
to an ice bath!
keep the whisk
skisking
once heating,
now cooling.

Pour into serving bowls
run your finger
through the film
soft-cool

lift finger to lips,
lick,
honey sweet melts
cool spreads
buttery dusty
sulfur
of yolk
remembrance of berries

Custard.

Day 26 prompt: write a poem that includes images that engage all five senses.
http://www.napowrimo.net/day-twenty-six-4/

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