Tuesday 9 August 2016

How To Crack a Crab or Edit a Poem

How to Crack a Crab or Edit a Poem

Immerse in hot water.
Boil, steam or braise until pink.
Remove unwanted parts by snap-

ping. Pry open apron and lose
it. Twist off the shell and extract
the core, the heart, the body meat.

Avoid the mallet and discard
the shell, the tendons, the juices
the extraneous bits. And there

you have it, finger-picked clean,
a cracked-crab or poem
on the very same theme.

Copyright with Cathy Leonard 2016

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