Rosie Prohías Driscoll is the proud daughter of Cuban exiles. Raised in Miami, she earned a BA in English from Georgetown University and an MA in English and Comparative Literature from Emory University. She taught high school English in Miami and in Dedham, Massachusetts, and now directs the Teen Faith Formation program at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and two greyhounds. Her poems have been published in The Acentos Review, The Mas Tequila Review, and Pilgrimage Magazine, and she received an Honorable Mention in the 2013 Bethesda Poetry Contest.
It is 4:00pm
and Mami prepares
the afternoon ritual.
She reaches for the cuchara
that has taken up residence in
the red and yellow Bustelo can,
and scoops the warm, dark grounds.
She grasps the rubber-tipped cucharita
living with its kin in
the top drawer de la cocina
(utensils, like people, need a home
Todo tiene su lugar)
and packs the granules
into the upper chamber of la cafetera.
She turns on the flame.
she awaits the alchemy
lest the liquid overflow the spout,
Sliding hot metal to cool coil
into mismatched cups
and passes each one,
to eager hands that receive the gift