Let’s make trays and trays of cookies, uncountable loaves

of banana bread. Let’s speak to each other in baked goods, hug

in our oven mitts over a granite island speckled with flour. Let’s

stack our fortunes in Ghirardelli bittersweets, form an army from

vanilla extract and teaspoons of baking soda, drift in the kitchen vapors

swirling between our shoulder blades. I’m putting butter out to soften,

reaching for measuring cups and mixing bowls, lifting eggs

from their carton cocoons. Blast the Cuisinart – I want to do everything

by hand, feel the whisk against stainless steel, find the yield in the dough,

shape one world at a time, watch it rise.

maya stein
Maya Stein is a Ninja poet, writing guide and creative adventuress. She has been a freelance writer and editor for more than 20 years and has self-published five books along with a handful of writing prompt booklets. Her latest books are “Grief Becomes You,” a collection of writings and photographs on the subject of loss from more than 60 contributors, and “The Poser: 38 Portraits Reimagined,” a full-color coffee table book of contemporary portrait re-enactments.
Maya facilitates workshops and retreats, live and online, and also works one-on-one with people interested in deepening their creative practice and bringing new work to fruition.
After a 7-year stint in suburban New Jersey, she is now happily ensconced in the wilds of mid-coast Maine in a house named Toad Hall.
You can connect with Maya on her website.

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