Tara Betts is the author of Break the Habit (Trio House Press, 2016) and Arc & Hue (Willow Books, 2009). Her work has appeared in POETRY, American Poetry Review, Essence, NYLON, and numerous anthologies. Tara is also one of the co-editors of The Beiging of America: Personal Narratives About Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century (2Leaf Press, 2017). Tara holds a Ph.D. in English from Binghamton University and a MFA in Creative Writing from New England College. She teaches at University of Illinois-Chicago.
Break an egg, sing its yolk
into this yellow undulation.
The bowl steadies its rocking
until the stirring stills. Avoid
crying into this breakfast
beginning. Count eggs, while
there is no actual count. A clock
nestled beneath your navel
conceals how many are hiding,
who might stop its hands, start
some other timetable within, or
how to carry, no expelled lining
as you turn into oven, or cradle.
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