Making Candy

We made our own candy.
Pulling taffy.
It was a thing.

Temperature was important.
Mom had a special thermometer
to gauge the time to start
stretching the pale sweet mass
with buttered hands

into long ropey strands
to be cut into strips
and laid on wax paper to cool.

I remember thinking it should have color
but ours was the color of summer straw.

I took my piece out onto the porch
and ate it as if the world was an anvil
and the days were made singly,
each hand wrought and smiling
as it cooled from the fire.

4 responses to “Making Candy

  1. Yes, that’s just how it was……..

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  2. like I remembered, but better said…..

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