I promised. Everybody heard.
But later on I broke my word.

I broke it into two, then three,
and then by careful witchery

I made the little parts revive
and there were four of them, then five

then six. And soon they grew to nine.
I laid them on a tray of bone

and baked them slow and hot. And when
my cookery was good and done

I saw by light of setting sun
my word reconstitute as one—

and it was wedding. Two-tiered cake,
irresistible mistake.

I carry it myself to where
the guests are waiting. How they stare

at my trickery, at my way with air.

Helena Nelson

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