Sunny Side Up

It’s always difficult to know when to make the crack and how.


Whether to tap the shell slightly

with the right side of a sharp fork, or to make the cut



And when the thumbs slip, give way to the hidden ‘O’

of the hole, how best to aim the yolk


so as to allow for a minimum diameter,

maximum force.


Without machine-like control, this exercise

will fail. Hot plate to canvas, strike to scrambled mess.


You, far from the flame’s grip, will not be able

to disjoin the yellows from the whites, surface sludge

from second degree burn.


Difficult to know when and how; more so

to know who.

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