Agnes Vojta: “In my mother’s kitchen”

In my mother’s kitchen


Grandma’s measuring cup
is still on the shelf,
her nutmeg grater 
hangs from its hook. 

For sugar and salt, we still use 
the little wooden shovels.
I set the table 
with the familiar 

blue-and-white dishes,
the placemats my sister 
and I weaved that Christmas 
we got the looms.

In the pantry, I still reach
for the light switch on the left
where it no longer is. 
Dad rewired the kitchen

twenty years ago. I cannot 
rewire my brain, cannot train 
my hand to reach 
to the other side.

About the Author: Agnes Vojta grew up in Germany and now lives in Rolla, Missouri where she teaches physics at Missouri S&T and hikes the Ozarks. She is the author of Porous Land (Spartan Press, 2019) and The Eden of Perhaps (Spartan Press, 2020), and her poems have appeared in a variety of magazines.

Image Credit: Floris Van Schooten “A Kitchen Still Life With Pots And Pans On A Stone Ledge And Animated Figures In The Background” Public Domain

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