Sonnet for the Pastry Chef
Winter rolls you like a doughboy brushed
with butter and ready to bake some exotic
Austrian pastry perhaps enough to feed a cavalry
or empty out the graveyard of a monastery
when opioid deaths still pass uncounted along
the length of the old canal passing shadows
cast by rampant growth bamboo or any
other less than welcome intruder that spreads
its footprint and claims a place the Jesuits
don’t care locked as they are in thirst of wisdom
parsing their dreams inside the flat dimensions
of the page edging towards the fragile membrane
that separates the cream from simple milk
oven ready and only waiting for the crust to burn.
Paul Ilechko is a British/American poet. Born in South Yorkshire, he now lives with his partner in Lambertville, NJ. His work has appeared in a variety of journals, including The Night Heron Barks, Louisiana Literature, Iron Horse Literary Review, Clackamas Literary Review, and Book of Matches. His first album, “Meeting Points”, was released in 2021.