Winning Hearts and Minds Cake - By Erin Carlson
It is the first day of school,
and I am at home making chocolate cake.
Instead of notebooks and pens,
I have 7 ounces of chocolate
melted with far too much butter.
Instead of filling my backpack
with freshly sharpened pencils
and a planner I will faithfully ignore,
I am adding a cup of sugar,
and and stirring until the batter is smooth.
Instead of scanning syllabi for death trap projects
and ranting about the unfortunate textbook design,
I am cracking six eggs into my chocolate,
and mixing them until their golden centers
have faded into the chocolate brown batter.
Instead of surviving a string of ice breakers
and ineffective name games,
I am adding a tablespoon of flour
to my molten chocolate mix,
and pouring it in a spring form pan.
I bake it until the edges swell like a souffle,
and the center has a slight jiggle.
I let my chocolate cake cool
until as the surfaces cracks
and looks like a brownie.
My chocolate cake is not pretty,
but its molten chocolate center
might just convince me
that I am not missing school.