Oven Timer

Hilary S. Jacqmin

A bakelite timer
like a flocked hen

surveys the gas range
 in this pre-war kitchen.
A mahogany biddy

that clucks off seconds;
 fat bantam
of the dinner hour.

Our broody Buckeye
a bell suspended

in her belly.
 See her
pea comb, rosy

as the errant pearl
 of blood
that punctuates an egg.

Hilary S. Jacqmin earned her MA at Johns Hopkins University and her MFA at the University of Florida. She lives in Baltimore, MD. Her first book of poems, Missing Persons, will be published by Waywiser Press in 2017.


  1. Just lovely like comfort foods, love the word choices, I want to be in that kitchen!

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