The Parts and Sum of a Whole

twinkling eyes
measuring children
on the kitchen wall; watchful
as they grow luminous and tall
like birches, swaying near and far
on the winds of time;
wistfully wishing, perhaps
for time to trickle
like honey

mysterious hands
measuring sugar; conjuring
ginger and cardamom
pepper-flower bouquets,
sweet herring pickled, and
jars and jars
of tart, red
berries to splash
over salted pudding

far-away eyes
recalling days long past;
pickling sugar for
children, and measuring walls
for luminous herring
splashing in jars, swimming
like red queens in an
ever-suspended sea of
honeyed time


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