Imagine You’re Not Alone
You will need more than one bag of yucca flour.
Count ten eggs.
If your mother cannot join you,
if you have no daughter,
learn how to break them with one hand.
You will boil milk and oil.
When you sink your hands into the dough,
think of the hands that were there before yours.
Imagine you’re holding them.
Aline Mello is a writer and editor living in Atlanta. She’s an immigrant from Brazil and spends much of her time volunteering with immigrant students. She is an Undocupoet Fellow, and her work has been published or is upcoming in The New Republic, Atlanta Review, Grist, and elsewhere.