Part One: Pantry Love
My safta cooks for me when I come visit
In her pantry all the ingredients; kilos and liters for
Couscous, beef, meatballs, roast chicken, fried fish, olive salad, matbucha, harissa
garlic, cilantro and cumin perfume.
It tastes so good
I buy the same ingredients
but when I make it at home it does not.
Part Two: Garden Treasure
My saba likes to grow things
olive trees and pomegranates out back
The herb called flio he puts in his tea-
tastes like mint but not quite
Street cats come to sunbathe
they follow you around; friendly, hopeful
he feeds them too.