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Five Steps to Making Morning Toast – in case you’ve forgotten after a Night of Merriment
by Joan Leotta

1.Pop two pieces
of thick sliced
Italian bread
into the twin open maws
of a silver electric box.
2.Press lever, to lower those
unsuspecting slices,
between electric coils,
to lightly singe their soft
yeasty innards.
3.When coils cool,
eject the bread,
carefully pull out the bread.
4. Apply culinary mercy,
slathering each slice with butter—
perhaps adding also honey or jam,
to ease the pain of the heat,
to sweeten the sorrow of 
imminent devour-ment,
5.Then,raise a slice to toast
 the new day.