salt water taffy

Jamie Langley

Mom stood at the stove
stirring the melting sugar
and watched the thermometer
the pot handle held by the mit

the light blond liquid
thickening by the spoon
a swirl of lines
led by the spoon
pulls the edges
from the sides of the pot

lightly buttered fingers
hold on to globs of hardened
pulling and pulling til
the strands grow thinner and lighter

strands of candy rest
on sheets of wax paper
waiting to harden
fine strands of candy
pulled between fingers
create a web of sugar touching every kitchen surface


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Bridge the Distance: An Oral History of COVID-19 in Poems Copyright © 2021 by Jamie Langley is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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