Ode to Speculaas in Junot Diaz prose

Knowing you used to bother me,

You this smooth 90s R&B

You this Italian eccentricity

You this pasta of passion

You this tannish beauty

It crushed us,

my ego and me

To know that we can have only

a small to medium scoop of you,

Over an unpredictable number of  weeks

Anything more we had to let go

To accept this was difficult

And at times it came out

In lengthy notes to Ferrero*,

To them I angrily wrote

” You have time to share, but you are selfishly withholding her”

I then outlined a terrible analogy

“If everything was a race to Atlantis, and she was an ocean mammal. A dolphin would have beaten her to the underwater society”

Perhaps Ferrero was too focused on other things

Perhaps you were a penguin in that analogy

Perhaps I was wrong about you in several ways

First I mistook that it took

Hazelnuts and cocoa to make you

2nd I was off on how much effort it takes to start

Your path on rough roads and over setbacks

To all the way to where you want to go & next 🎈

Perhaps ignorant I have also been

To not see beyond the label printed

To not have seen the obvious difference

You are not for everyone

You are not Nutella

You are Speculaas

You are Speculoos

with bits of Almond

Your flavor and design especially distinct

Sprinkled on the globe but rarely seen

Brown sugar with an unapologetic cinnamon sambal

Strongly Crunchy when cold

Soft when warm

Sensitively sweet compared to other sugar covered things

A mix of traits that I’ve grown to quite like

So Knowing you doesn’t bother me anymore

Knowing you only makes me feel better actually

A bit of you lightly shared

Even over salty crackers and stale bread

Brings natural delight to the day

Motivated for hours without a care for a break

Like a favorite film that plays on TV 📺

I have grown to appreciate the commercials over time

Looking forward to the main movie still

but doing my thing in-between each scene

Just know I will continue to check for what’s in-store

know that I appreciate you more than I did

know I will continue to grow and believe you will too

know that if I still check you despite these changes,

It’s out of love for the you I’ve come to know

know I am grateful for every spoon

Know I look forward to many more

You still smooth like 90s R&B

You this Dutch eccentricity

You this pasta of passion

You this caramelized beauty

You this Speculaas


Learn about Speculaas and Speculoos here

Learn about Sambal here

*Ferrero, is an Italian company, they are the ones behind Nutella and yes Ferreror Rocher

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