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Watching Mother Baking (1954)
larrylark

Sitting, elbows propped
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against chopping board,
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on plastic clothed kitchen table,
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powder white, driven like snow.
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Sunshine glow on dull dough,
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in balance of gleaming scales.
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Pale brass weights indented,
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pounds and ounces countervail.
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Her alchemy still confounds, absorbs.
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Sure eyed skill drove every grain
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of flour to purpose, rising over
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Pomona, Brae burn, Bramley,
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brown crusted like algebraic equations
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of Pi's fusion, brought to perfect conclusion.
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27 Jul 05

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nicely written
 — Gabriella

This is nice, descriptive of your mother as scientist/baker.  I'd change countervail to countervale in line 8.  

Is grain the right word in line 10?  Flour comes from a grain but it's reduced to a fine powder so perhaps a different word would work there.

I can see this copper kitchen in the sun and smell the cinnamon, along with humming sounds as she rolls dough, like my mother did when I was small.

Nice writing.
 — Isabelle5

Dear Isabelle

i thank you for your crit and will consider carefully what you have suggested but did you know that graded grains make finer flour? Well thats what the little cartoon chappie in the bowler hat on the Mcdougals advert reckons.
 — larrylark

didnt i already comment on this? is this a repost, or was that just something similar?
 — Lia

Dear Lia

I took it off and rewrote it because of the ambiguity in the first stanza
 — larrylark

lovely
 — fashionfad

I don't think my mother felt too good about herself a lot of the time when she was young. She had a not too good upbringng with a very repressive father ,but when it came to baking in the kitchen when i was small ,she was supreme.Thanks for the comment ,its much appreciated
 — larrylark

Larry, I did not know about graded grains.  There is always much to learn!  Thanks for this.
 — Isabelle5

Dear Isabelle

I always appreciate your finely graded comments and this one is no exeption
 — larrylark

Dear Fashionfad

Glad you liked it.
 — larrylark

oh. well, i still like it :)
 — Lia

Dear Lia

You are the most bestest commentator on my so called poems ever and i love you,in that purely platonic internet way that we scribblers of doggeral do.
 — larrylark

please don't be sarcastic towards me. i don't do it to you.
 — Lia

This is a poem.
 — unknown

Dear Lia

No offence was intended
 — larrylark

Dear Unknown

I can take it that you liked this one .Thanks for the comment itis much appreciated
 — larrylark

Well written.  Very narrative/filled with imagery/fills me with something I can't explain. Could use some revision, but what poem couldn't.

That's a winner in my book.  
 — WordsAndMe

Dera Words and Me

I thank you for you encouraging comments
 — larrylark

Dear Larry (Bird), A little too exaggerated and superficial, but I appreciate your fondness of the topic. C
 — unknown

Does she not deserve complete sentences?
 — unknown

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