You sift the flour
The finer particles fall

You think on
what is left

What will not go
into the cake

Your family will love
this confection

You hold
the bitterness apart

This will be
your secret

/ / /

This poem was written in response to the “secret” prompt at Poetic Asides and the “secret shame” or “secret pleasure” prompt at NaPoWriMo.


4 thoughts on “Hearth

  1. I wasn’t sure that you were following the “secret” prompt(s) out there for day one of NaPoWriMo until the very end. Those last four lines are killer,– such a simple poem but with such a kick at the end. Love this one, Richard.


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