I Hate Cabbage Soup
By Dr. Jennifer Wolkin
I hate cabbage soup
because when I eat it I gag on mucosal mesoglea as if jellyfish
were swimming down my esophagus, bells pulsating as they
propel down my alimentary canals, stinging the viscera,
emitting toxins into my body, bloating it,
but I really hate cabbage soup
because eating it conjures the image conveyed to me: a bowl
of loss left lukewarm & uneaten beside Nana while she died.
Years later, eating cabbage soup—Nana’s last creation—still
tastes like jellyfish
lingering to sting—
My name is Jen. I’m a health and neuro psychologist, speaker, mental health advocate, and mindfulness-meditation practitioner. I just started my MFA in creative writing and literary translation at Queens College. I have recently been published/forthcoming in Third Point Press, Streetlight Press, Sooth Swarm Journal, A Beautiful Space, British Journal of Medical Practitioners, Flypaper, Ars Medica, theSame, Black Fox Literary Magazine, Unbroken, and others.
My non-fiction work translating and sharing the science of brain research and mindfulness has been published in Thrive Global, The Huffington Post, Mindful.org, PsychCentral among others. They are compiled and can be found on my blog BrainCurves.com.