Wee Tea


the “wee tea”

a child’s sampler

urge the fractious toddler to

“just have a taste”

nursery food on a plate

rectangle triangle circle

cubed, it’s a geometry lesson


dowager eats a cucumber sandwich sixth

half-circle and square in the gullet

mini-scone with chicken and apple

dissect, bite, wait

bite bite bite

each barely enough to taste

she argues the garnish into an entree

a piece of apple!

a sprig of parsley!

lopsided heart/cross section/

a strawberry!


left: the lemon loaf

butter pecan slice

shortbread cookie

pinwheel of egg salad

loops round and round

to a pinprick mayonnaise centre

an object lesson


wishes her stomach could be

a doggy bag or box

take it home and store it

distribute the largesse

but to eat it?



“at home,” in her suite

she eats on saucers

conjures a dollop

into a serving

leaf-thin bites

doll-house implements and cutlery


no need for stool softeners

the smallest of consumables

a fraction of a fraction


whetstone in use

knives kept sharp to aid habit

a cut to appall

the remains so small


the very tip

off a point of cake

the remainder

still looks isosceles


if not a lesson in geometry

fractions or

declining decimals, then what?


Word Problem:

how little fat below

how little skin

sinew on cartilage

to bind bone to bone