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If my grandmother was still alive,

that’s what I’d ask her-

how she knew which ones

would sing harmonious

in a flour-dusted pie crust

made special.

Or maybe it wasn’t the potato,

but her instinctual pinches of nutmeg

cinnamon and not too much white

sugar

that made our family forget their hurt

forget bills were due

and kids were acting up

and cancer was creeping inside

grandma.

-Nijla (c) 2009

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