Maman and Mud

September 27, 2012
By broken9blossom BRONZE, Roslyn Heights, New York
broken9blossom BRONZE, Roslyn Heights, New York
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Favorite Quote:
“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, when one only remembers to turn on the light.” - Albus Dumbledore

She pours the milk,

the coffee grains,

the sugar
into the little pot.

With the boiling

and with the stir of the

magic happens.

The sweet sucking liquid
devours your mouth,
and you can fly.

With the swirl and
turn of the cup
the mud pours out
writing the path of your future.

She tells you of snakes
slithering into your life and
destroying everything in their path.

She tells you of this amazing
trip you’ll be going on.


away from home.

She tells you of a party
you will be attending
with two people
whispering behind your back.

She tells you of a great gift
that’s waiting for you.

You stick one finger
inside the cup to
tell one last fortune,

and she tells you of this bright
light in your stomach.
She tells you of something great,

and big, coming, here

at last.

The author's comments:
My grandmother and mother were both born and raised in Iran. In Farsi, "maman" means either mother or grandmother. Every time my grandmother would come to my house or my aunts or maybe we'd go to my grandmother's, we'd make Turkish coffee. When you would finish drinking from a small little cup, you would turn over the cup and let the grains pour out. The grains would create an image that my grandmother would then read. My mother told me they were sort of fortunes, telling our future. I thought it was magical, and I still do. My grandmother still does this 'till this day.

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