I got a balloon for your birthday
full of stale air and raw brassicas.
The cleansing kind.
Because it was February.
Bodies gets tired.
Gray in the hands and feet.
A little note told me how to do things:
Puncture the latex with sharpened teeth.
Pour contents into a colander.
Run water over edges.
Chop. Dice. Julienne.
Dredge in flour.
Toss in pan from across the room.
Add butter, parsley, a squeeze of lemon.
Wrap punctured latex around vegetables.
Dip in cow’s milk.
A thoughtful gift!
I would send a thank you clown.
Asparagus in its pockets.
Ready for steaming.