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In a kitchen without windows
My priestess fries her perfect
eggs-in-a-nest: a seeping well,
saturating seams of crust.
Her non-stick pan steaming like
the hot-side of an iron,
sticky in the finger’s fold.
Sweltering house smells of sweat,
warm oil in her sunned scalp.
Fresh-ground pepper sticks to yolk
oozing over Jewish Rye.
Lauren Page is a dual DVM-MPH candidate at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. She has run over 600 fecal floatations. Her poems have appeared in Menacing Hedge, The Cape Rock, Concis, The Merrimack Review, Duende, The Rain, Party & Disaster society, The New Poet, The Voices Project, The Bitchin’ Kitsch, Brickplight, and FLARE: The Flager Review. New work is forthcoming in The Florida Review. Lauren was a runner-up in the 2014 Steger Poetry Prize and received Virginia Tech’s Undergraduate Poetry Prize in 2015.