Mom is sick—
a sad thought but
there is one benefit:
I can finally occupy the kitchen,
the forbidden land of war
where you come out with scars, but always
I wear my mother’s green apron
like armor on the battlefield.
I treat ingredients with passion,
sprinkle the seasoning carefully,
make sure to clean up.
With a little bit of confidence,
a trace of nervousness and panic,
I push the pizza
into the oven,
hoping to surprise her.
a good heart,
all for my mom.