Every kitchen edge was her tool:
the side of the sink, a rim
of a mixing bowl, the round lip
of a measuring cup. Snapping
her wrist my mother could break
an egg with a single flick, pull apart
shells so that a stray thumb
would never slip into the yolk.
Yellow suns like those
in my crayon-colored pictures
fell into frying pans or mixing bowls.
Circles were never punctured,
but with every toss of broken shell,
her skin grew thinner. Veins bulged,
deep fate lines cut into her hands.
This is where I learned that
a clean break starts with a tiny
fracture, and then a crack.

Karen J. Weyant

The author of two poetry chapbooks, Karen J. Weyant's most recent work has been published in Chautauqua, Crab Orchard Review, New Plains Review, Pittsburgh Quarterly, and Rattle. She lives in northern Pennsylvania and is an Associate Professor of English at Jamestown Community College in Jamestown, New York.

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