The kitchen has all the evidence
of breakfast balanced in exact disorder;
the egg shells spills of milk
fresh grains of crumpled weetbix
finely ground by hand
and honey strands arranged from
jar to lip and back to jar.
I am armed with a cloth
about to wipe it clean and delete the morning’s ritual
divide the crusts among the chickens
water down the dust and spray
sand away the places you carved your names
the indelible crayon that travels
beyond the paper and onto the wood.
But there, in the slant of the morning
my will, my wishbone shatters.
It is now mixed with the milky map of the uneaten,
I watch it congeal next to the toast
which is exactly as you left it
and travels from past to present and back again.
There will not be another morning
with clamour and mixing of this honey and this time;
the children have left
there is no returning
even from lip to lip
no more milky traces to follow home.