Cinnamon Sparkles

Cinnamon may hide in the cupboard
or sit in her 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.

. . . . .

spb

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