12 | Cinnamon Sparkles

Cinnamon may hide in the cupboard

or sit in its own special container —

on the sideboard with salt and pepper.


My mother showed me how to sprinkle

powdered cinnamon on electric coils —

create bursts of fragrant sparkling stars.


Later in my life, March became the month

for chewing a cinnamon stick each day —

to cleanse and refresh the body’s systems.


Then, hand-made cinnamon necklaces —

colorful ceramic beads strung with short,

mitre-cut pieces of rolled cinnamon bark.


Some people only know cinnamon buns —

or cinnamon toast, all mixed up with sugar:

this seems a sad taste of unreality to me.


Yes, we need remember cinnamon comes

from trees — cultivated in the Seychelles —

in Madagascar — in China, India, Viet Nam.


Cinnamon has long offered its unique value

around the world. Indeed, cinnamon sparkles

may have been my mother’s best gift to me.

. . . . .

12 apr | Susan Powers Bourne

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