-Dandelion Cottage (a lovely children's novel by Carol Watson Rankin)]
for one coconut cake from the 1950s
with its solo ornamental maraschino,
I would give a kingdom.
or for a german chocolate cake
from 1961; perhaps, a few jacks
glinting in the sun,
the porch we played on.
or, better, the batters all put by,
the lemon meringue
the chocolate ice box pie.
a princess gown, a real one
straight from Fairyland
embroidered with the strands
of all roses;moss velvet leaves.
a sliver of moonlight,
wedding cake wise.and underneath all these,
a cracker jack surprise?
eclairs,eclairs, a crystal stair...
but we delayed too long
in the wishing time machine
and woke up suddenly
from a really good
mary angela douglas 28 march 2016