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This Cake is Not a Lie

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Traditionally it was chocolate on chocolate for me
Chocolate and coffee for my father.
Mother always made both icings from scratch
Reading from stained tattered recipe cards.
The chocolate was simple: butter, cocoa, sugar, milk
Finishing the rich, silky mixture with vanilla.
Coffee is harder to get right; you need practice and patience
Along with a strong pot of the bitter black.
One day I’ll ask her about her methods, and copy the faded
Handwriting that holds one of the secrets of youth.
The secret that sweet chocolate and strong coffee on a cake
Can remind me so much of home.

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