She planned it like a soufflé.
Timing took top billing
with a steady hand a close second.
She turned the steps over and over
like dinner plates,
trying to find the nicks and scratches.
She had no back-up dish waiting in the fridge,
so it would have to do.
Valentina Cano is a student of classical singing who spends whatever free time she has either reading or writing. Her works have appeared in numerous publications and her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Web. Her debut novel, The Rose Master, was published in 2014.