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the origin of the gift

April 16, 2014

smoke exalts from a broken-off crumb
in the oven, a scissor is put to thumb-
to ribbon- a whipping flourish

and its waft curls wrapping after a wish
signaling to the hills of the heart
for the birthday girl whom prefers tart

her rhubarb lips, poisonous raw
and blackberry irises brambles a warning law
on the sill above the blueberry-stained sink

mouths a smeared promise and an empty pie wink
yes, agreed, beggars can ride as wishes
are turned into horses

title: the origin of the gift ; haley mcbride
April 14, 2014

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