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The Finer Cookie:
Cinnamon Wafers

A Case of You

By Kimberlie Robert

On the napkin you wrote…

Ssshhh. You remember, don’t you? Laid out under the oak, your heart in my hand, the Cinnamon Wafers in yours?

That you miss the memory of this softly infused cinnamon wafer under the green canopy, translucently draped over our sunburned red gingham makes me ache for the whimsical breeze that scattered our few complications. You ate those cookies, and enjoyed the fragrance with eyelids closed, you embraced the moment on the clover knoll like it was your first inhale.

Remember? The delicacy of life was enough? Remember when our untanned tongues knew the most tender flavours. Calme-toi. I’ll send your case of Cinnamon Wafers in blue tissue, with your face sketched on it twice.

In the very early hours with an inspired pen in hand, and just before continuing on my journey along the Camino, I posted these words to you…

Care Package
At my doorstep 
when I arrived home today 
there lay a box addressed to me, 
the lettering betrayed affection. 
The tape sealed tightly 
what I could not view. 
In anticipation of delight, 
I cradled this box in my arms 
as if it contained 
a most fragile charm. 
In the kitchen 
I laid this delicate treasure 
upon its altar, 
reserved for such eminence. 
With care I clipped the bonds 
which held it tightly shut. 
And as a surgeon might lift a new heart 
for transplant 
I slowly drew the contents, 
so neatly wrapped, 
from the box. 
Spreading the padding, 
opening the foil 
I drew a breath and stopped. 
A whiff of cinnamon caught my nose. 
A tan crust caught my eye. 
Like a dog in Pavlov’s Lab, 
my mouth watered 
in preparation of the feast to come. 
I eased a piece from the tip 
and slipped it into my mouth. 
A savory wave
floated through my brain. 
In reverie I sat, 
swishing my tongue, 
melting into sweetness, 
this morsel passing directly 
to my veins, 
not descending but absorbing 
into essence. 
In full submission 
I lay upon the floor enchanted
by this gift and its donor.


Kimberlie’s dear friend and gifted poet Paul Sylvan has given permission to publish his poem A Care Package in response to A Case of You.
Click here for the Cinnamon Wafers recipe.

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Photographed by Kimberlie Robert

kimberlie robert

Kimberlie Robert is currently the Executive Cookie Maker at The Finer Cookie. As of recently, she has worked as an Executive Assistant for five years. Prior to that she was the Coordinating Director/Partner of an Advertising Agency. She has earned an MA in Art History and a BA in English Literature. She is also a writer and researcher, short story editor, pastry chef, tango dancer and gardener.

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