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The Bitch in the Kitchen

hands with sliced onion and noodles

My mother told me that men are like onions
tough on the outside—thick
layers of grit, dirt, earth, skin—
but sever that shell and they’re soft,
malleable, so bitter they’re almost sweet,
a sting that brings tears and an aftertaste
heavy on your tongue. I am a woman.
I chop celery and potatoes. I boil water. I trim
the fat off chicken breasts.
There is a red pot on the stove. A linen napkin
folded on the wooden table. A glass of ice water
sweating on its coaster. My hands are bare and raw.
I do not wear an apron. I sharpen my knives.
Press the blade into papery-thin skin.
Slice layer upon layer.
And I set the table for one.

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Marisa Donnelly, M.Ed., is a writer/editor, credentialed teacher, proud bonus mama, and CEO of Be A Light Collective, a coaching and content creation business and digital marketplace. She is the Director of Donnelly’s Daily Apple, a flexible learning/tutoring and educational resource platform, and the lead voice for Momish Moments and Step by Step Parents, verticals dedicated to sharing and advocating for non-traditional parenting journeys. Marisa currently resides in San Diego, California, with her fiancé, kiddo, and their two rambunctious Pitbulls. ❤️

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