you neglect the platter to entirely clean
but so did Jack before the magic beans
and then the story grew;
the stalk the generations blessed him to.
rude circumstance and head against the wind
he suffered long before the game of let's pretend
bore fruit or rather, beans
and tirades from his mother when he
spilled the cream
or bartered it for air.
and now he has a talking harp to show for it
much gold to spare!
mary angela douglas 30 march 2016