I can't buy cookies in the store anymore
with their long list of ingredients
please, only butter, flour, salt, baking powder,
sugar and lots of chocolate.
vanilla if you have it.
still warm, they break apart revealing
molten chocolate, the warm butter
coats my fingers
all of it melts onto my tongue
alas, I must share them between Daniel,
Karen, Chris, Stephen and me
the ones I eat tonight will go unnoticed
in the count and division,
I will lick my fingers in secret.