'Sopita' by TAK Erzinger
This afternoon I created a reservoir
watched a mezzanine of vegetables form
as it was brought to a boil
that’s when feelings bubbled up inside of me
after the onions had made me cry, I thought
perhaps you haven’t realised
we don’t communicate anymore
like a bruja standing above her caldero
I try to conjure a miracle to feel you close again
in those memories, you would cook for us
I tried to chop things up neatly, like you wanted
and there was your propensity for talking to yourself
I’d rather we spoke to each other
Whatever the recipes, we ate them together
way before I forgot my Spanish and you
decided to binge on processed food
Copyright. TAK Erzinger.
TAK Erzinger is an American/Swiss poet and artist with a Colombian background.
Her poetry has been featured in Bien Acompañada from Cornell University, The Muse
from McMaster University, River and South Review, Welter from University of Baltimore and more. Her debut chapbook entitled, “Found: Between the Trees” was published by
Grey Border Books, Canada 2019. Her unpublished poetry manuscript “At the Foot of the Mountain” was short-listed by the Eyelands Book Awards 2019 and Willow Run Book Awards 2020. It has now been published by Floricanto Press out of California, 2021. She lives in a Swiss valley with her husband and cats.