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Shakshuka

 
Tomatoes bubbled gently
fragranced with warm spices
touch of chile, just enough garlic
scented familiarity drifted through the house
beckoning his old bones
to the kitchen

His aged heart recalled
mother making this meal often
before they emigrated
it was the first supper she prepared
in a new home
in a strange land

Sarah, his older sister
could make it almost the same
and she served it to comfort
when mother died too few years later

His wife's was different
yet still the taste of home

Now he watches his daughter
putting the eggs in to poach
always until the yolk is perfect
a point of pride for them both

Spoonfuls of memories
spanning a lifetime
love and loss
mingled in a simple, spicy stew
garnished with stories
he tells his grandchildren

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