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My Croatian Grandmother

My Croatian grandma

had a longMy Croatian Grandma

thick

braid

down her back,

I would watch

as she wound

the grey and brown rope

around

and

around

at the nape of her neck.

 

She wore black nun-shoes

and

a flower printed

housedress

with a handkerchief

tucked in her belt.

She twisted her stockings

into fat little knots

behind her knees

and she hated underwear.

 

Holidays

she kneaded

rich egg dough

for povi bread.

I would watch as she wound

the nut and honey filled rope

around

and

around

in the baking pan.

 

My Croatian grandma

wound

her

grey and brown braid

and

her warm nut and honey bread

around

and

around

all of us

for

ever.

 

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