She measures all the ingredients
with care and a practiced eye,
beats the eggs, stirs in the flour;
her cake will be light and high.

She slides the pan in the oven,
anticipates a prize,
when a peek in the oven later
shows it blithely on the rise.

But, sad to say, before it’s done
and risen light-fully,
the power fails for half an hour.
Her cake falls splendidly.