By the Sink

Mother stood Daughter on a chair,
gave her a little knife
and a bunch of bitter roots
like red clown noses.
Showed how to scrub them, slice
the ends off, cut their tips
round and around,
then drop them in cold water.
Those cuts would open then
like lids or lips.

A female art:
sharp blade, sharp chill,
made sharp-tasting dolls' hearts
into radish roses.

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