A Small Moment

by Cornelius Eady

I walk into the bakery next door
To my apartment. They are about
To pull some sort of toast with cheese
From the oven.   When I ask:
What’s that smell? I am being
A poet, I am asking

What everyone else in the shop
Wanted to ask, but somehow couldn’t;
I am speaking on behalf of two other
Customers who wanted to buy the
Name of it.   I ask the woman
Behind the counter for a percentage
Of her sale. Am I flirting?
Am I happy because the days
Are longer?   Here’s what

She does: She takes her time
Choosing the slices.   “I am picking
Out the good ones,” she tells me.   It’s
April 14th. Spring, with five to ten
Degrees to go.   Some days, I feel my duty;
Some days, I love my work.

[via American Life in Poetry]

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