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New Poets Wednesday - Birthday Cake - By Ashley Baierlein

Ashley Baierlein is a student at Post University in Waterbury, CT. This poem was written as an assignment for Prof. Dan Gleason’s Creative Writing remote class


I start with flour, sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla

Baking powder, baking soda, and a dash of salt

I mix the wet ingredients, and sift the dry

Preheat the oven and grease the pans


I’ve done this, dozens and dozens of times

Yet each one has a few different tweaks to add

Chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, caramel

Or add cinnamon and grated carrots


No matter how long it takes to bake and decorate


My favorite part of making birthday cakes

Is to see my family member’s face light up

When it’s brought out to the table on a platter

With birthday candle flames dancing on top


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