Lay the oil low
in the pan,
pressed flush like sheen of sweat
seen below the collar bone.
Tap the shell— No
Not a tap
like touching baby soft spots.
Insert the thumb into the crack—
Don’t be afraid of membranes stretching,
the yawning, seeping
the yellow eye peeping.
Spill the yolk. Fill the bread;
watch where a center circle was born away
with a palmed cup, a rim firmly
Watch for the brightening,
translucent to white. Lightening—
The crusts crisp, spatula slides