Anton Rose

She deals in alchemy,
elbows drawing the slice of a knife,
parting meat from sinew and bone,
butchered death becoming new life
in her hands.

She finds instructions, tested
guides for culinary spells, becomes
a pyromancer with kitchen blowtorch,
eyes of light, flambéed mussel shells
in wine.

And then she brings cheesecake
on ceramic plates with ceremonial blade,
a perfect construction, mystical circle,
biscuit foundation and made
by the goddess herself.

Anton lives in Durham, U.K. He writes fiction and poetry while working on a PhD in Theology, all fueled by numerous cups of tea. Find him at or @antonjrose.

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