Published in From the Root, “Home,” issue 4, Spring, 2017

Kitchen Pedagogy

In the kitchen she tells me stories

what it was like


Her narratives interrupted by life stuff –

the baby, the phone, her sub-stories

intermittent with her instructions

I am tunnel vision: pen. paper.


To record her hand’s memory

Of ratios for rich palettes

Of flavour for land left

Of hitting the spot with the taste of home

     for a daughter’s mourning and curiosity

          of a place she’s never been

     for remembering

     for joy


I hear her

I (can) make my/self