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  • Writer's pictureSusan Michele Coronel

Lucky Girl, No Eggshells

Originally published in Hoxie Gorge Review.

Puberty preheats my daughter to 350 degrees,

warms her eggs like turgid butter

as she fills and empties measuring cups and spoons.

In a steady rhythm she folds the batter,

snaps crescents into a wooden mixing bowl.

Her breast buds are little lumps of baking powder

dusted with salt. Swollen. Surfacing soon.

She scrapes a metal bowl clean

then taps it with a spoon, spreading

dollops of batter on a greased tray

before she pops it in the oven.

Mounds of walnuts, butterscotch chips,

and raisins erupt with cinnamon dust.

With floured hands she clears the table,

wipes them on her navy blouse.

Now the waiting. Buttermilk with a side of night.

Little hairs are sprouting on her pubic bone, knuckles, and ankles,

light fuzz around lips and chin.

Carefully she reveals the risen confections, covers them

with a kitchen towel, sets them to cool on the ledge.



Hi, I'm Susan Michele Coronel

I'm a writer and educator based in New York City.

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