Submerged in its bed of boiling water,
the spaghetti softens
a bit more each millimeter of a second.
Use the handle of the wooden spoon
to fish out one strand,
test it against your bite.
At the end of your life
four hours will have been spent
stirring pasta as hot water convinces it
to just relax already.
"Everything Is a Clock" by Hannah Stephenson. Published online by The Storialist, September 10, 2013. © Hannah Stephenson.
Photography credit: Untitled image by Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times (originally color).