Published September 1, 2021
by Shaima Kaka
(Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
Nine years ago I clutched a wooden spoon
And stirred intently some okra in a pan
In vain attempts to lose the unshakeable smile
That had taken root while on a bicycle that morning.
But come now, as the table has been set for us
(Early it seems and certainly not by me!)
To taste this decade's oeuvre, our magnum opus.
– Oh! I'm sorry, what a terrible shame, please,
You must forgive me, you see,
For my world has suddenly gone blurry,
And I believe I may have just now
In thinking of you
Over salted the spread.
Shaima Kaka graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Ottawa and is currently a medical student in Ottawa. Her poetry has been featured by the Canadian Medical Association and Canadian Federation of Medical Students. Twitter @skaka135 (https://twitter.com/skaka135).
Previously published in Ottawa Poetry Magazine:
"A Bottle of Bleach" by Jeremy Raymond
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