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a sight so familiar
my grandchildren play
beneath the dinner table
and I reminisce
on a pure adolescence
a smell so familiar
flowed through the kitchen
of my grandmother’s warm house
“Te extrañamos”
was echoed by relatives

a sound so familiar
we gave thanks to God
in a tongue that isn’t mine
recited with ease
but I’m focused on eating

a feel so familiar
whole spoon in my mouth
warm soup dribbled down my chin
how could I forget
a memory like this one?
a taste so familiar
I take the first sip
before we can even pray
I’ll never forget
that familiar feeling

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