A Lesson in Composure

Enrica Gabriele-Smith

she likes to dip 

her whole hand

into the empty pan

—by now it is cool—

and scoop out

all the remaining 



she likes the feeling


in her palm

she carries

the swollen leaves and stems,

so steeped in prophecy and legend,

now fortified,

and yet extracted from, still to be derived 

from, to 

the trash.


do not let your

face fall when the

fragments do not

gently flutter

to the bottom

but instead land

with a soggy 



Enrica Gabriele-Smith is a lifelong New Englander and a longtime poetry reader, writer, and lover.

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