burning anger

Moonbathing, Issue 23, Fall/Winter 2020

 

 

hot roasted nuts

heaped into a paper cone –

all that burning anger

you hold onto

so tightly

 

 

 

 

Photograph by Monika Topolko

As an aside, I am realizing my age is showing. Do young people today even know about folks roasting chestnuts (or other nuts) and buying a brown paper cone full of piping hot nuts to eat on the street? I first came across this in Istanbul when I was young. The scent, heat, taste on a chilly autumn afternoon was one of those moments that has stayed with me all my life. Europeans had this custom, but does anyone still do this? The fragrance was so tempting.

 

 

4 thoughts on “burning anger

  1. lovely tanka! yes, as Italian-Americans we still roast chestnuts in the oven around the holiday time; in fact i roasted some Italian chestnuts this x-mas .it’s still a big holiday tradition for us i think in NYC they still have chestnuts vendors (prob. not this yr with the virus)

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